Ogle Airport tests readiness to respond to emergencies

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Cardiff’s Caulker set for medical at QPR

first_img Steven Caulker [right] 1 Steven Caulker will undergo a medical at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, talkSPORT understands.The Cardiff defender had been stalling on a switch to Loftus Road after QPR agreed a fee with the Championship side last week amid interest from a host of other Premier League teams.Crystal Palace, Southampton had Liverpool have all been linked with the 22-year-old.However, he has now made up his mind to join Harry Redknapp’s newly-promoted side.The former Tottenham centre-back, who worked under Redknapp at White Hart Lane, will put the finishing touches to the move today.He will become QPR’s second summer signing, following the free transfer arrival of Rio Ferdinand.last_img read more

Potential Pierce College leaders face faculty

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Fielding questions on vocational education, campus funding and the future of the campus farm, the top three candidates vying to lead Pierce College made their case at a forum Tuesday. About 70 people, mostly faculty and staff members of the college, attended the three-hour session at the performing arts center. Richard Follett, Pierce professor of English, said all three candidates were strong, and that he was particularly pleased that both the hiring committee and district chancellor Darroch “Rocky” Young gave all three a thorough vetting. “Anybody can do a song and dance for a while,” Follett said, “but the committee did more than (just listen to one interview.) And Rocky has assured us that he will read all of the (audience) comments.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The three candidates are: Thomas Anderson, 61, of San Juan Capistrano, currently vice chancellor of educational services at South Orange Community College District. Robert Garber, 58, of San Diego, now vice president of student services at San Diego Miramar College. Richard McDowell, 67, of Arcadia, presently vice president for academic planning at the University of La Verne. The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees may announce the final selection at today’s board meeting, said Young, who interviewed the candidates separately Tuesday. The new president will replace interim president Tom Oliver, who has run the 18,000-student college since January 2004, when then-president Young was promoted to senior vice chancellor for the district. Young was made chancellor of the nine-college district in May. Garber, who spent 19 years at Pierce College prior to his work at Miramar, said transferring students to four-year universities is a key element of Pierce’s mission. But he also wants the college to strengthen its partnerships with outside businesses to keep the vocational programs current and get start-up funds for new ones. Anderson, who started his career as a respiratory care practitioner and also taught respiratory therapy, said Pierce will need to strengthen its science program in order to be competitive with changing workplace demands. But he said Pierce’s agricultural program also is important, and can operate even when the surrounding area isn’t rural. McDowell said he’s known for being a person who seeks out “win/win” solutions to problems. In the past, there have been times where he has had to “dissolve” a conflict, but “then you have new versions of the same conflict.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more