Edinburgh Airport is set to carry out a live exercise this afternoon (Wednesday, November 11) which will simulate an explosion and potential terrorist attack.
It’s urging passengers, members of the general public and the media not to be alarmed by the Fuel Farm incident, to which the emergency services will respond.
The drill will involve the Air Traffic Control tower receiving reports of an inbound helicopter with a loss of communications, followed by secondary reports of an explosion at the Fuel Farm to simulate a potential act of terrorism.
Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar, said: “On Wednesday afternoon Edinburgh Airport will carry out a live exercise. We are doing this because we are completely committed to the highest possible safety standards for our passengers and staff.
“This live exercise and the response to it will look real as its purpose is to test our procedures and responses as a live indecent would – but I would ask people looking on to not be alarmed and to not try to come close.
“Live exercises provide so many benefits and opportunities for the wide range of services, agencies and departments to test the application of plans and deployment of resources in a fully monitored manner.
“Thankfully, for the majority of us a live exercise of this type is the only exposure we may ever have to anything like a real incident. It provides an opportunity to learn from each other, identify both strengths – and where improvements may be implemented – in what we all do, record findings and to improve our processes and procedures.”