PHOTO RELEASE: Emergency Response Training Exercise at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Toronto (October 15, 2016) – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport today conducted a successful full-scale training exercise to test airport protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents. The exercise is required of all Canadian airports by Transport Canada and takes place on an annual basis.
Exercises such as this are critical to ensuring that the airport maintains a high level of emergency response preparedness and involve multiple agencies including Toronto Fire, Toronto Police Services (and related Marine Units), Toronto Paramedic Services, Nav Canada, as well as staff and officials from the various agencies, airport stakeholders and airlines that operate out of Billy Bishop Airport.

Photo 1: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport firefighters enter aircraft used in emergency response training exercise held October 15 to test airport response protocols, procedures, communication and planning.
Photo 2: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport fire crew arrive on the scene of a simulated aircraft in distress during emergency training exercise.
Photo 3: Toronto Fire Services and its marine unit (back right) test equipment, response time and protocols as part of emergency exercise at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Please be advised that these photos represent a simulation only.
About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada's ninth-busiest airport and welcomes 2.5 million business and leisure travellers each year. The airport is also Canada’s sixth-busiest airport with passenger service into the United States. Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, accounting for more than $2.1 billion in economic output each year and supporting 6,500 jobs, including 1,960 directly associated with the airport operations. The airport has recently won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards.
About Ports Toronto (
For more than 100 years PortsToronto, (formerly the Toronto Port Authority), has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $8 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
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