RESIDENTS near the Waiqele Airport in Labasa have raised their concerns at the slow response of some personnel during an emergency drill on the runway yesterday.
Resident Mahendra Pratap claimed the drill seemed to have not been taken seriously by the personnel.
"It's an emergency drill and I believe it should have been treated as a real life situation," he said.
"We were observing and we noticed that the police, fire and health officials took their time to respond to the drill. We understand that it's a drill but it should have been considered as a real crash or an accident for that matter.
"Their level of responding proactively towards the drill was slow."
Another resident Vinod Kumar echoed similar sentiments, saying the drill should have shown some form of proactive emergency response. "Its like everyone is jogging and taking their time," he said.
Responding to the concerns, deputy divisional police commander Northern SSP Fulori Rainibogi said they played their part well.
"We were there on time and we responded actively to the emergency," she said.
"We followed the procedure well and we played our part as required in cases of emergencies."
Meanwhile, SSP Rainibogi added the drill was usually held after every two years as part of the AFL's review in its emergency responses.