Airport Stages Mock Disaster Drill

Airport Stages Mock Disaster Drill

If you were near the Memphis International Airport Monday morning, you may have seen lots of emergency vehicles there for a drill.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - If you were near the Memphis International Airport Monday morning, you may have seen lots of emergency vehicles there for a drill.

Memphis international takes its emergency response plan very seriously. It has to run like a well oiled machine at a moment's notice.

"Safety is priority one for all of us and so what this does is gives us a chance to smooth rough edges," Airport Authority executive vice president Scott Brockman said.

Every three years the Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct full scale mass casualty exercises.

A mock aircraft disaster was staged Monday morning on one of Memphis International's runways.

While the victims were actors, the fire, police and emergency responders treated the situation as if it were real.

"They know generally the time or the day that it's going to occur. They don't necessarily know the time because we do want it to a somewhat spontaneous response," Airport Authority executive vice president Scott Brockman said.

After months of planning, these large scale drills usually take three hours to complete.

Brockman said constant communication with city fire, police, and rescue personal is key to providing the best response.

"We are also engaging in these conversations engaging in planning for emergency activity on a month by month basis," Brockman said.

In total about 1,000 emergency workers took part in today's exercise along with 250 people who acted as victims.

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