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A look back at the emergency drill "Fumata 15"

On 26 October 2015 Zurich Airport held a large-scale emergency drill. This bi-annual trial takes place under the auspices of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

"An explosion in an Airbus A320 at Dock E results in several deaths and injuries". That was the scenario of the "Fumata 15" emergency drill carried out this year under the watchful eye of FOCA. The standards and guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) obligate airports all over the world to maintain a contingency plan to deal with emergency events and require them to conduct emergency drills every two years.

Participants in "Fumata 15" were not just the airport operator, but also its partners – the cantonal police of Zurich, Zurich Protection & Rescue and the airline SWISS. At the same time the back-office emergency services of the airport – the crisis team and the crisis information and support services – were deployed and tested. The telephone system for relatives set up especially for emergencies was also put into operation.

The fundamental aim of the emergency drill is to enable trained emergency services personnel and organisations to practice their routines and responses and gain valuable insights for a possible emergency situation. The results are currently being assessed and will flow into a detailed overall evaluation that will contribute to the further optimisation of the emergency organisation.

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