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Aircraft crash scene: AIB trains security personnel

By Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo

First responders to aircraft accident sites have been trained by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) to know and understand their roles in case of an accident, to help them identify and appreciate the need for protection and preservation of evidence to aircraft accident investigation

The training drew at least, 400 security personnel from Nigeria Police and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), trained simultaneously in Lagos and Abuja by top officials of the bureau and its partners from the United Kingdom.

According to the Bureau, the two-day workshop which commenced on Monday in Lagos had as theme: ‘Air Disaster Management’ and was put together in a bid to prevent tampering with evidence that would aid successful accident investigation findings.

About 200 FRSC and police officials have trained in Lagos alone, while the other 200 would be trained in Abuja next week.

Mr. Olumide Osineye, the General Manager, Security and Safety, AIB, who was one of the instructors at the workshop said that the training of the security personnel would create awareness across the country on the importance of securing crash sites.

Osineye in an interview with journalists said that the training would enable them trained security agencies’ personnel to understand their roles in the event of an accident, stressing that they would also be able to identify and appreciate the need for protection and preservation of evidence to the aircraft accident investigation.

He added: “You can imagine a police officer who is not aware of critical evidence like a flight recorder. A police officer on site who have never seen flight recorder before and maybe a flight recorder is being taken away ignorantly by an unknown person. This is very critical to the investigation.

 “In order to help and support AIB investigation, we hold it a duty to ensure that such category of trained personnel or organisations is aware of such critical component. These people are necessary for their education and awareness of their job.”

Osineye explained that it was not the first time AIB would be organising such a workshop for security personnel, recalling that the bureau recently organised training for some police officers in the country.

 “Now, we are going beyond that to include the road safety officials because we know the FRSC to plays a role when an accident occurs. These are field people. Education is important for us to do our job better. These people will have been on site before we get there. So, it is important for us to make them aware of this. We need to appreciate them in helping us to do our investigation,” he said.