Nova Scotia

Halifax airport stages training exercise with 'terror' threat

Did you notice police at the Halifax airport Thursday dealing with a hijacking, fire and terrorist threat? Don't worry — it was just a training exercise.
The Halifax airport ran a range of drills with different emergency crews. (Courtesy HIAA)

Did you notice police at the Halifax airport Thursday dealing with a hijacking, fire and terrorist threat? Don't worry — it was just a training exercise.  

The Halifax International Airport Authority hosted the emergency training exercise by staging a vehicle hijacking, aircraft fire and terrorist threat.

The objectives of the exercise were to test Halifax Stanfield International Airport's emergency plans and the multi-agency response to an airport incident, as well as to comply with airport security requirements, HIAA said. 

“These exercises are an excellent opportunity to test our emergency plans, to interact with other agencies and to assess our response to a real-life situation,” says Gord Duke, HIAA’s director of operations.

“Overall, we were pleased with our performance and agency cooperation throughout the exercise, and we received insightful suggestions for improvements at the debriefing.”