The Oman Air – Emergency Response & Planning (ERP) Department conducted the 3rd 'Emergency Response Planning Outstation Workshop' recently. This workshop was attended by 75 Oman Air employees, who came to Muscat from GCC and Middle East, Far East, Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Milan.
The previous two Workshops conducted during 2010 were in London-Bracknell, in the UK, for Oman Air's regional staff in Europe and another one in Mumbai, India for the Oman Air staff in the Indian Stations.
The keynote speech was delivered by Philippe Georgiou - Chief Officer Corporate Affairs, who explained to the participants the importance of an organization to be prepared to handle crisis situations in the most effective and efficient way.
Don Hunter - Chief Officer Airport Operations, highlighted the value of Emergency Response Planning (ERP) based on many of the past incidents of other airlines.
Training on Station Emergency Response Planning was conducted by Himali Setunge – Manager Emergency Response & Planning which was followed by 'Aviation Security Training' by Security Department's Senior Officers - Mubarak Al Jahdhami and Rashid Al Harthy.
Michael White, from Kenyon International Emergency Services conducted a training presentation on Kenyon's Support to Oman Air for managing station response which was followed by a table top exercise and a brain storming session.
Yaqoob Al Aufi - Oman Air Muscat, Airport Services Manager, who was a delegate at this workshop commented, - "I am glad I attended this workshop. All the presentations were very practical and direct, that helped in educating our network Airport Services Managers to know their responsibilities and role on this crucial subject."
This training concludes the first of the five phases of the Station Emergency Response Plan implementation process. The second phase involves preparation of a plan customised for each station as per the ERP guidelines. The third and fourth phases would comprise of a review of the draft plan submitted by the ERP Department and the various Station Management. The implementation of the station-wise ER plan followed by staff training by the ERP Officials will take place in the final phase.