Business
CAA carries out fire drills at Entebbe Airport
Publish Date: May 31, 2014
CAA carries out fire drills at Entebbe Airport
Police Fire brigade battling a fire during mandatory fire drill at Entebbe Airport. PHOTO: Kennedy Oryema
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Billy Rwothungeyo

Residents of the quiet town of Entebbe town were thrown into panic as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Uganda carried out a dramatic two hour fire drill at the Entebbe International Airport.


The authority’s emergency response systems were tested as the scene, engulfed in billows of smoke, next to the old runaway, where an aircraft crash was staged.

Firefighters demonstrated their skills while ambulances and medical staff, from a legion of hospitals and medical centres in Kampala and Entebbe, descended on the crash scene to “rescue” the 200 “victims”.

The Uganda Police, Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), UPDF marine forces, Immigration department, Uganda Revenue Authority, Air Uganda, Entebbe Handling services, DAS Handling all participated in the exercise.

The exercise is a mandatory requirement for International Airports of countries that are contracting member states of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“They (ICAO) require that you must undergo this exercise every two years. And you must have observers who are going to note how you have performed. What follows this exercise is self-critiquing session,” said Igne Igundura, CAA’s public affairs manager after the exercise.

RELATED ARTICLES

Entebbe Airport to be upgraded

Entebbe airport cargo handling firm gets EU nod

Entebbe International Airport set for $400m upgrade

Govt to acquire more land for Entebbe airport expansion

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Dr Maggie Kigozi: Obstacles in businesses are jewels
Dr Maggie Kigozi, director Crown Beverages Ltd has challenged the youth to consider obstacles in starting and running businesses as opportunities to create better lives....
How to widen Uganda’s tax base in a large subsistence economy
Uganda’s tax base remains small and the country is grappling with measures on how to widen the tax base in light of decreasing donor funds and pressures to finance the national budget....
UAE Exchange Uganda observed World Food Day
UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand observed World Food Day on 16th October. This year the theme was Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”...
Nigerian cleric warns Uganda over oil curse
Rev Father Edward Obi, a leading civil society activists fighting against the effects of the oil curse in Nigeria has warned Uganda that since oil has been discovered Ugandans are not safe from the negative effects the resource brings....
Oil to spur capital markets – Nsamba
This year marks 18 years since the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) was formed....
UBOS releases Producer Price Index
THE indices for hotels and restaurants indicate that annual prices for hotel services fell by 2.5 percent during the period of April, May and June 2014, compared to the same period in 2013...
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter