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Thursday, 5 December 2019 - Legislative Council Members Join Brunei International Airport Emergency Response Exercise

Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) invited Legislative Council (LegCo) Members to join Brunei International Airport Emergency Response Exercise as part of MTIC's Muzakarah Programme with LegCo Members. Such exercise in emergency response related to safety incidents are important towards ensuring agencies under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) remain ready and prepared for unforeseen emergency situations.

Amongst the main objective of the Aviation Safety Tabletop Exercise, conducted at the Royal Brunei Recreation Club, Brunei International Airport this morning was to demonstrate the emergency and crisis preparedness of agencies such as the Department of Civil Aviation under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications as well as other relevant agencies, and to test the emergency management plan for mitigating the consequences of an emergency situation.

Today's programme is part of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications strategic focus initiatives particularly in Safety and Welfare for the public, which is to ensure the safety competencies, capability and preparedness of the Department of Civil Aviation and other agencies, which will lend credibility towards ensuring aviation safety and regulation in Brunei Darussalam.

Present to observe the exercise were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) with invited Members of the Legislative Council. Also present were representatives from Royal Brunei Airlines Sdn. Bhd. Board of Directors, Acting Permanent Secretary as well as the Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Transport), Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications. 

Members of the Legislative Council were first brought to observe the simulated aviation safety Table-Top Exercise on an air-crash situation. They were then brought to the crash site where they observed a live simulation of remnants of the crash situation with a demonstration of rescue and firefighting procedures and casualty management by on-scene responders.  They also contributed in the mock press conference, role-playing as members of the media putting forward questions.

This is the second Muzakarah programme held by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications with members of the Legislative Council. An earlier Muzakarah programme conducted on 21st November 2019, involved a Maritime Safety Exercise testing the crisis preparedness and communications of the Maritime and Ports Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD), which saw MV Shuttle Hope, a vessel departing Serasa Ferry Terminal for the Federal Territory of Labuan, experiencing engine failure due to fire.

Today's simulated exercise at Brunei International Airport involved an aircraft with engines stalled, allegedly on fire upon landing. This exercise attempted to demonstrate coordinated efforts between all relevant stakeholders with the urgency and preparedness to optimise response times to mitigate emergency incidents at the airport.

This initiative supports one of the six major Ministry Strategic Objectives under Safety and Welfare outlined in the upcoming MTIC Strategic Plan 2025 to ensure that safety standards, readiness and compliance are ensured and stringently maintained in both the transport and info-communications sectors to ensure safety for operators, and more importantly, for passengers and the public at large.

The agencies involved in today's safety exercise included, amongst others, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other government, airlines and airport stakeholders.


Corporate Communications Unit

Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications

Brunei Darussalam

05 December 2019