Macau International Airport conducts fuel farm exercise today (19 March), involving participation from 11 entities with process deemed smooth

The “Fuel Farm Exercise 2015” of Macau International Airport was carried out on 19 March 2015 simulating a fire in the fuel farm. All entities involved cooperated closely with each other in resolving the crisis.

As one of the work items in the yearly plan, the fuel farm exercise at Macau International Airport, simulating a fire in the farm, was carried out this afternoon (19 March 2015) to test and assess the capacity of the government entities and the operators in handling a fuel farm emergency when a case arises. All entities involved cooperated closely with each other in resolving the crisis. The exercise was deemed smooth. The “Fuel Farm Exercise 2015” started at 14:30 and lasted for one hour. The scenario was of a fire incident taking place in a fuel tank top due to static electricity. Nam Kwong Petroleum & Chemicals Co. Ltd., the fuel provider, immediately activated the safety systems according to their internal procedures and moved away the vehicles parked in the area. Simultaneously, they informed all concerned entities involved in the emergency in accordance with the Airport Emergency Plan. The airport fire fighting station delivered their trucks to the spot at once to put off the fire. Although there were no injuries, the commander-in-chief asked for additional support from the Fire Services Headquarters and evacuated the staff in the vicinity of the incident, considering the high critical degree of the incident area. The exercise was coordinated by the Administration of Airports, Ltd. The communication between all personnel involved and the delivery of fire fighting facilities were all carried out efficiently; the staff was also evacuated in a timely and orderly manner. About 300 people took part in the exercise, who represented the Unitary Police, the Public Security Police Force, the Fire Services, the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao SAR, CAM-Macau International Airport Company Ltd., the Administration of Airports Ltd., Nam Kwong Petroleum & Chemicals Company Ltd., the Macau Security Company Ltd., Menzies Macau Airport Services Ltd., MCS-Macau Catering Services Company Ltd. and Air Macau Company Ltd.

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