Airport agencies conduct mock security drill

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Mumbai, Nov 15 (UNI) In order to check preparedness of the security agencies at handling emergency situation at the airport, a mock security drill was conducted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here today.

The drill was conducted under the joint supervision of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

The half-an-hour-long mock security exercise was held to assess and evaluate the preparedness of various agencies concerned in handling an emergency situation. As part of the drill, terminal 1B was evacuated between 1430-1500 hours.

''We conduct such exercises once in every six months at the airport. During the exercise, we presume a situation wherein we have to evacuate the terminal building in response to an emergency call in the minimum possible time,'' CISF senior commandant Sanjay Prakash told UNI.

All agencies, including basic services, such as the fire department, Mumbai police, ambulance services and the dog squad as well as passengers were involved in the drill.

''After the drill, a de-briefing session with all those involved in the exercise was held to assess their response as well as solicit their suggestions, which are duly taken care of while re-working our strategy,'' Mr Prakash added.

UNI

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