Live Air Crash Disaster Exercise To Take Place On Wednesday

A Live Air Crash Disaster Exercise will be carried out on the Northern side of the runway on Wednesday 23rd November 2022 between 12pm and 3pm.

A statement from the Governemnt follows below:

The exercise is being carried out by the Civil Contingencies coordinator of His Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence and will allow responding agencies to test their plans and capabilities in a joint multiagency approach in the event of an air accident or incident at RAF Gibraltar. 

The crash will be simulated on the airfield and members of the public might see increased emergency activity atthe scene, but should not be alarmed by the sound of sirens in the area and in particular the activity between the Airport Runway and the St Bernard’s Hospital. Winston Churchill Avenue will briefly be closed to allow safe access to the airfield for emergency crews. Drivers are encouraged to plan extra times for their journey. 

Minister with responsibility for Civil Contingencies, Samantha Sacramento MP, said: “It is importantthat regular training and exercises take place to test Gibraltar’s preparedness to respond to a major incident. The success of this exercise will depend on having the right capabilities and establishing a strong line of communication at the operational, tactical and strategic command levels to work collaboratively with the common goal of saving lives”.