Exercise Shamrock aimed to validate the combined response of the airport, together with the primary emergency agencies and other key stakeholders, that would react to any aviation incident .
Yesterday’s scenario was based on a simulated incident involving an aircraft fire adjacent to the terminal building, with students from NUIG’s College of Hotel Management at Shannon Airport playing the roles of passengers, relatives, and members of the media.
The agencies that took part included Shannon’s Fire and Rescue Service, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service (Ennis and Shannon), the HSE’s National Ambulance Service, and the Irish Aviation Authority.
Airport operations director Niall Maloney said: “Crash-exercises are conducted every two years at Shannon Airport as a condition of its aerodrome licence and we use the opportunity then, in conjunction with the other emergency services, to test the regional major emergency plan and site- specific arrangements for the airport.
“The safety of our customer airlines, passengers, and staff is paramount to us and today’s exercise allows us to test our readiness for a real- life situation should it ever occur.
“It is about ensuring that, if the worst-case scenario happens, we and our colleagues in the other attending emergency services are adequately prepared to respond,” Mr Maloney added.
The last major exercise at the airport was in December 2013. Exercise JFK also involved the Irish Coast Guard and Civil Defence.