Sheremetyevo Airport concludes emergency rescue exercises

Sheremetyevo International Airport has announced it has carried out an exercise in managing emergency relief operations as part of the All-Russian Command and Staff Exercises on emergency operations, the company said.

The exercises were held simultaneously at transportation facilities in several regions of the Russian Federation in accordance with the Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation.

During the exercises at Sheremetyevo, the Fire Fighting and Emergency Rescue Support for Flights (PASOP Service) and other operational services of the airport worked out joint actions for rescue and recovery in the event of an emergency landing with the Ministry of Emergency Management, the Center for Emergency Medicine and representatives of industry-specific government agencies.

The exercise scenario consisted of an airplane landing at Sheremetyevo with a landing gear malfunction. After landing on runway 3, the aircraft´s left engine, its lower part of the fuselage, and spilled fuel caught fire at the end of the runway.

The Fire Fighting and Emergency Rescue Support teams were the first ones to arrive to the scene and worked with forces of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Management to responded to the emergency. The task of the rescue teams was to manage passenger evacuation, provide all the necessary medical and counseling assistance in the terminal, extinguish the fire and clean up fuel spills, and prepare the aircraft for its removal from the runway. In total, more than 150 people and 40 pieces of equipment were engaged in the exercise.

Currently, the Sheremetyevo Airport has in its inventory 12 airfield fire trucks that meet the highest world standards, one gas-and-smoke protection service vehicle to for the inter-terminal crossing, and one vehicle for the ground search and rescue group.