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Fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) 4.30 am 7 August 2013

Fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) 4.30 am 7 August  2013 Nairobi County

The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was closed when a fire suspected to have started in the immigration offices – International Arrivals section around 4.30 am East African time caused extensive damage and disruption to the travel plans for thousands of travellers visiting and transiting through Kenya. Fortunately, at this moment in time no casualties have been reported, but two people were taken to hospital after succumbing to smoke inhalation. The impact of this fire is yet to be seen. The Nairobi Fire Brigade and other security agencies do carry out routine ‘disaster’ simulations and training. Some of these are at times so realistic, some people thought today’s fire was an exercise, until the fire took hold. Kenya Airways Share Price It is reported that the Share Price for Kenya’s National Carrier Kenya Airways fell by 2%. Disaster Management People have had mixed experience at JKIA but the ‘first responders slow reaction’ and resulting no plan ‘B’ has raised a lot of eyebrows. Kenya was caught with its pants down. Traffic jams caused delay for the emergency services who had difficulty finding a clear route to the airport. This meant some of the fire tenders could not get to JKIA within an opportune time. There is a fire fighting unit based at the Embakasi (old airport) section. But the fire tenders here are geared to fight possible plane crashes. This is going to be an interesting Health and Safety and ISO quality assurance case study.

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