26 November 2013, Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo International Airport will
today embark on an exercise to evaluate the airport’s readiness to deal with an
evacuation in the case of an emergency.
This mandatory exercise follows months of planning and consultation with
several of the airport’s stakeholders, including airlines, retail partners and
the Ekurhuleni Emergency Planning Department.
The purpose of the evacuation drill is to evaluate O.R. Tambo International
Airport’s readiness in the event of an emergency. This exercise will also ensure
that employees are aware of how to respond to emergencies in the airport
environment, better understand their roles and responsibilities, along with
specific emergency evacuation procedures, thus ensuring an effective and
comprehensive approach to an emergency evacuation.
“O.R. Tambo International Airport is the busiest airport in Africa, and
planning for the safety of our airport users and employees in the case of an
emergency is crucial to the company’s operations”, said O.R. Tambo
International’s Assistant General Manager, Kris Reddy.
Reddy also added that, “as an airport, we are fortunate to be in partnership
with stakeholders who understand the importance of such exercises and as a
result, have been supportive throughout the planning process.”
O.R. Tambo International airport has more than 25 000 people working at the
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