Airport emergency exercise successful

The airport fire department, along with emergency partners and stakeholders, held a multi-agency emergency exercise at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport today.

The exercise involved rescue personnel responding to a simulated aircraft crash. The two-hour simulation involved officials from the Whitehorse Fire Department, RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, Emergency Medical Services and the departments of Community Services and Justice.

The emergency exercise helped responders and airport personnel test their abilities to respond in a coordinated manner to a large scale aviation disaster while working with other agencies.

It’s important to be prepared when an emergency happens. I commend the officials involved in today’s exercise for working together with skill and professionalism to address the simulated situation. Yukoners are fortunate to have dedicated responders ready and willing to help when the need arises.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn

Quick facts 
  • Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting members are stationed at the airport and can respond to an emergency 24/7.

  • More than 360,000 passengers travelled through Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport in 2017.

Media contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications

Oshea Jephson
Communications, Highways and Public Works

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