The ability of the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara, staffers and relevant stakeholders was put to the test on Friday morning when an emergency exercise was conducted at the facility where the team was exposed to responding to a firsthand mass causality incident and bomb threat.Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field told the media that such an exercise is supposed to be conducted at least once per year.During the emergency exercise, the Guyana Fire Service and the Police Force were summoned and promptly responded, he said.“I think the response time was could, could have been better. We commenced the exercise and within I think three or four minutes the Fire Service was out there so like I said we will look at the stopwatches. From my vantage point in the tower I would say that the response was in accordance with standard operating procedures,” Field explained.First aiders responding to a mass casuality at the Eugene F Correia International Airport during the emergency preparedness exerciseAlthough the activity was lauded a success, the Director warned that persons must not get complacent but rather, continue to work hard to be ready to manoeuver in the event of an actual emergency.Meanwhile, Captain Jack McGovern of Virginia, who has been participating in the exercises since 2006, pointed out that the session was intended to examine the preparedness of various departments at the airport.According to him, “The exercise today (Friday) was meant to test many varying levels. In years past we have dealt with one specific issue, whether it be a mass causality incident, a bomb threat or a fire”.McGovern noted that this year the airport was tested to respond to a mass causality incident and a bomb threat at the terminal building which went exceptionally well.He said too, “I think we will come away with things that we can learn from and implement as we move forward to build a better plan to respond even better in the future”.Participating in the emergency exercise were airport staff, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC), the Police Force, Fire Service and others.The need for airport personnel to be attentive to their surroundings and be prepared to offer help and even exit the building in an orderly manner was highlighted only last November when an aircraft crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.About 10 persons were hospitalised after the Boeing 757 aircraft crashed after it encountered hydraulic problems.
A JOURNALIST was one of the main drugs pushers in Letterkenny until she was caught in an undercover Garda sting, a court has heard.Lisa Harnett, whose address was given as James Larkin Court in the town, was caught with a cocktail of drugs.Drugs squad officer Garda Paul Harte said he and his team launched a major investigation in the middle of 2011 based upon surveillance and intelligence work. “She was heavily involved in the sale and supply of drugs in Letterkenny,” said the Garda.On July 22, 2011, as a result of the inquiries, Gardai stopped a car and searched Harnett and carried a follow-up search at a house in Rowan Park in the town.Two bags of amphatimine were hidden under the passenger seat and were later found to be worth €309.The searches also yielded cocaine worth €145 and cannabis worth €97.Garda Harte said a ‘tick list’ with customer orders was also found and that mobile phone had messages relating to the illegal drugs business.“It also had messages which showed she believed she was under surveillance,” said the Garda.“She was cooperative and hasn’t come to our attention since. She didn’t show any signs of wealth and it appears she spent the money on herself,” he added.It was her first offence, the court heard.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Harnett to make a €300 donation to a charity taking local children to Lourdes.JOURNALIST WAS ‘HEAVILY INVOLVED’ IN LETTERKENNY DRUGS TRADE was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drug dealerjournalistletterkennyLISA Harnett