Introduction to Emergency Management at Airports

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Every airport needs to have in place an emergency response plan, in order to be prepared when worst scenario happens: an aircraft incident at or in the vicinity of an airport. This involves dealing with unforeseen events, contingencies and infectious diseases at an airport as well as business continuity. Staff need to be adequately trained to react on incidents. This interactive course will give an introduction on how to make an airport emergency risk assessment. Risks will jointly be prioritized and mitigation actions developed until the risk can be accepted.

Attending this course will provide participants with a structural and practical insight in emergency management. Basics of ICAO Annex 14 and EASA requirements will be taught before deepening the knowledge through the presentation of case studies. Practical exercises assist attendees to understand how emergency situations are being managed and which role each stakeholder plays in such scenarios: who is involved, which external stakeholders are needed or what role can an airport play in crisis situations. The results of practical table top exercises will be evaluated and can later assist planning at their own organisation.

This course targets all airport stakeholders who are involved in Emergency Planning and Management within their organizations (airport operators, ATC, RFFS, planners, inspectors) but also personnel of oversight authorities.

Course Details

Language:German / English
Duration:3 days
Provider:airsight GmbH

Course Content


  • ICAO Annex 14
  • EASA Regulation
  • Local legislation

Risk management vs emergency management

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk matrix
  • Correlation between risk management and emergency management

Types of emergencies

  • Crash at own airport or its vicinity: case study
  • Crash at other airport with impact on own airport: case study

Coordination, cooperation & communication

  • Coordination on local level
  • Coordination on different levels: impact on your organisation
  • Cooperation between different possible stakeholders
  • Role of communication

Agencies involved in the airport emergency plan

  • Airport stakeholders
  • Non-airport stakeholders

Roles & responsibilities

  • Different disciplines
  • Governmental responsibilities
  • Operational responsibilities
  • Airport operators

Incident management

  • Definition
  • Risk assessment

Leadership for operational staff

  • Scenario setting
  • Some useful figures to be prepared as leader


Yves Brouwers

Yves is an experienced emergency expert with a strong airport background in emergency, compliance and business continuity management. His is furthermore certified in airside operations and runway safety management.

Yves started in this field as responsible Contingency Manager at Brussels Airport. During his work for the Red Cross, he was responsible for the emergency services in Flanders and gained extensive experience in the execution and planning of emergency services strategy.

He is currently working as an independent consultant and takes on various international projects, including updates of the Emergency and Evacuation Plan of Brussels Airport Company, the development of the Business Continuity Plan, the implementation of EU safety regulations as well as the conduction of audits and proposing corrective actions at other airports. Furthermore, he develops the training program for safety critical functions at Brussels Airport.

Caroline Schlemmer, M.Sc.

Caroline Schlemmer is a consultant in airsight’s “Airport Safety & Operations” department. She works on safety assessments, SMS implementation and projects related to the development of airport Concepts of Operations (CONOPS). Further, Caroline is an instructor for the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation training course. 

She completed her master’s degree at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) in 2016, after conducting her thesis at the University of Washington, Seattle. Afterwards she started working as a lecturer and research assistant at the Chair of Flight Mechanics, Flight Control and Aeroelasticity of TU Berlin. Her master’s thesis on modelling and simulating longitudinal control surfaces of a flexible aircraft formed the way for her further research on aeroservoelasticity. She presented her research results on national and international conferences and in the corresponding papers. As a university lecturer for flight mechanics, she gained comprehensive experience in teaching and sharing her knowledge in German and English. 

For airsight, she has participated in safety assessments related to non-compliant airfield requirements like non-compliant slopes. She also supported case studies assessing the feasibility of constructions sites in the vicinity of active runways. More recently, Caroline is involved in a jetblast study aiming to ensure accurate data through on-site measurements and the definition of mitigation measures in the post-processing phase. 

Target Group

  • Aerodrome emergency planners
  • Aerodrome operations operatives and management
  • Aerodrome planning and development staff
  • ATC staff, including management
  • Civil Aviation Authorities staff
  • Aerodrome inspectors and regulators
  • Public authorities involved in airport operations

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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