Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport conducted another emergency drill on Friday, January 27, 2006; one in a series of regular drills conducted to test the ability of the Airport and related public safety units to respond in emergency situations.
Friday's drill was staged at the international departure terminal of the airport and involved the airport's security brigade, airport police and Bali's highly-trained emergency response police team.
The exercise began with the "identification" of a suspected explosive device in the airport prompting an immediate evacuation and "seal-down" of surrounding areas by police and airport security personnel. Within minutes fire fighting teams and ambulances arrived at staging areas, prepared to respond if the situation demanded it. Simultaneously, the Bali Police emergency response team's bomb squad arrived on the scene. While a team of officers made a larger sweep of the area for any additional suspicious objects, two experts wearing full protective clothing and carrying sophisticated equipment assessed the suspected bomb before removing it to a more remote location outside the terminal.
Every step of the drill was controlled and monitored from a hi-tech crisis center located in a secure location within the airport.
The entire drill was over in less than an hour with the response team getting a round of applause from tourists who witnessed the well-coordinated drill from a safe distance.
Similar drills, rehearsing a number of emergency scenarios, are now regularly undertaken by the Airport's Authority - Angkasa Pura.
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