Rawalpindi - Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is organising an evacuation drill to create awareness amongst the airport employees working at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport today (Tuesday) at 1:00pm.

Creating awareness amongst airport functionaries is essential for management and reduction of fire risk at airport. In case of fire emergency, earthquake or any unlawful act, evacuation of terminal building is required, informed CAA spokesman yesterday. He added that airport employees, ambulances and fire-fighting units would participate in the exercise. “The general public is being informed in advance to avoid panic during the evacuation drill. During the exercise, flight operations will remain normal,” he added.

He said that as part of the exercise, mock drills are going to be held to ensure that fire and safety services provided at the airports are organized, equipped, staffed, trained and operated to International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) standards.

The purpose of this Fire Fighting Drill is to promote Fire and Safety awareness and to develop safety culture at the airport. The key role of Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (RFFS) at PCAA is to save human lives during aircraft and non-aircraft emergencies and minimize the extent of damage/consequences.

PCAA provides RFFS at all domestic/international airports operated by CAA management. RFFS is comprised of efficient and dedicated professionals and are equipped with latest fire apparatus, he added.