Strengthening airport emergency response



    OTTAWA, Nov. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Regulatory amendments requiring all
certified Canadian airports to follow a clear and consistent set of criteria
when developing and evaluating emergency response plans were announced today
by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities.
    The amendments include provisions for ensuring a more formal approach to
airport emergency planning and for how the plans are tested. While information
on emergency response planning is currently included in the airport operations
manual of each certified airport in Canada, this measure ensures specific
details of the plan's content are covered under the regulations.
    "Transport Canada is committed to continually improving safety so that
travellers feel safe when flying to and from Canadian airports," said Minister
Cannon. "These regulatory amendments demonstrate our government's commitment
to protecting Canadians and highlight the importance of planning to respond
effectively to potential emergencies."
    Emergency response plans must now include outlines of potential emergency
scenarios and how each type of emergency will be handled, and identify airport
and community organizations that are able to provide assistance during an
emergency. As well, aircraft crash charts for each type of aircraft that uses
the airport must be available in the plans.
    The proposed regulatory changes were published in the Canada Gazette,
Part I on October 7, 2006. A 30-day response period followed, during which
time interested parties were invited to comment on the amendments. After
careful consideration of all comments, Transport Canada has finalized the
regulations and the changes were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on
November 28, 2007.




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