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Moorabbin Airport emergency - software test

Posted 28 October 2011 by Sean Fishlock (Datalink)

A couple of days ago I had the unique opportunity to participate in an emergency exercise, even donning an emergency services tabbard.  

Datalink was invited by Kingston City Council to test the MECC Central software system (currently rolling out to over 69 councils) in an emergency drill at Moorabbin airport simulating a four seater plane crashing into a fuel tanker on the tarmac. 

The exercise involved several agencies including the Council, Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Ambulance Victoria, Airport Corporation, Airservices Australia, Moorabbin Control Tower and St John Ambulance.

The event was pre-planned with props used including an empty fuel tanker, a fuselage and dummies and flares to simulate the fire, however some of the response from the agencies was impromptu as the scope of the incident unfolded.   

During the simulation, the Victoria Police decided it was necessary to evacuate nearby buildings so the MERC put a request to the MERO to open the MECC.  

Datalink had set up MECC Central in advance with the agencies involved.  A handful of activities were logged and notifications sent as the council assisted in the evacuation.

Though we've been working with this software for some time, but this was the first real-time scenario involving a metropolitan council.  Some of the procedures and field terminology used was fairly new to me - "no duff" (meaning not a drill) for example as well as "air side", so its great to be able to get this different hands on perspective.

The event received coverage in the Moorabbin Leader- "Exercise planned for Moorabbin airport" and "Moorabbin Airport emergency test".