As part of the accreditation process for St Helena Airport a number of emergency response exercises will be carried out during October and November 2015. These are important exercises for the Airport and the St Helena Emergency Services – both for the accreditation process and to ensure that emergency plans are tested and exercised as part of the Island’s Major Incident Response Plan.

The exercises will vary in scale, with some having no impact on the wider Island, whilst others are larger in scale to simulate a major incident on St Helena.

The exercises will take place on the following dates and further information will be issued nearer these times:


  • Exercise 1                            Wednesday 14 October 2015    
  • Exercise 2                            Thursday 15 October 2015        
  • Exercise 3                            Thursday 22 October 2015       
  • Exercise 4                            Wednesday 4 November 2015  


The exercises being carried out on 22 October and 4 November are larger in scale and will require a large number of volunteers to assist as role actors, general helpers and safety marshals.

All volunteers must be over the age of 18 years. If you wish to volunteer for any of these dates – please contact the Emergency Planning Manager, Ian Johnson via email

Chief of Police Trevor Botting said:

These exercises are critical to Airport accreditation and testing of our emergency plans under the Major Incident Response Plan. We would be grateful to hear from anyone who might be able to assist as a volunteer for the exercises and would ask that you contact Ian Johnson to register your interest.”

Airport Manager Nigel Spackman added:

“This is an excellent opportunity for the St Helena community to contribute to the development and final certification of the Airport.  Participants can be proud of the fact that they were part of the process to enable the Airport to become fully operational and also to gain a better understanding on how the Airport operates and integrates with the SHG Emergency Services.”


11 September 2015


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