JWA Emergency Response Team
Emergency preparedness has always been a top priority at John Wayne Airport. Our topnotch on-site Orange County Fire Authority and Airport Police Services professionals are well trained and equipped to respond to all types of emergency situations in the Terminal, on the airfield or anywhere else on Airport property. This year, JWA is training its own employees on how to react when major disaster strikes and professional first responders are simply overwhelmed or unable to assist due to road conditions or loss of communications.
Following a major disaster, JWA employees, especially those in our administration building east of the airfield, may initially be on their own for a while until emergency services are available. To train for that scenario, JWA has extended our usual emergency preparedness and response one step further with the establishment of a JWA-based Emergency Response Team (JWA ERT).
Modeled after the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the JWA ERT consists of a 22-member-team of JWA administration employees who have completed 16 hours of training related to Disaster Preparedness, Disaster First Aid, Basic Fire Suppression, Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. A large portion of the ERT Training Academy was “hands-on” – including fire extinguisher training and a Search and Rescue exercise at JWA’s Fire Station 33. Tuesday, November 17, 2009 marked the end of the very first JWA ERT Academy. The JWA ERT team is now trained to provide basic disaster assistance during the critical first hours following a major disaster.
How about you? Are you prepared? Do you have a plan in place and supplies ready to get you through the first hours when emergency services, electricity and phone service may not be available? To help you get started, please visit the ‘Government Links’ section on our Web site (http://www.ocair.com/Links/governmentlinks.htm), where you can find links to AlertOC and ReadyOC - Web sites with step-by-step advice on how to prepare for disasters and resources for information on how to respond or recover during an emergency situation.
“Hands-on” JWA ERT Training: