LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Nearly 300 people representing more than 20 organizations took part in an emergency response drill at Los Angeles International Airport today that simulated an airplane crash and roughly 100 “victims” and scattered about the area.
Dubbed “Air Exercise 2013,” the drill featured volunteers portraying accident victims and family members. Such exercises are required at least once every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Among the organizations participating were LAX Operations, Los Angeles Airport Police, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Transportation Security Administration, and the American Red Cross.
The scenario included simulated audio of an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower alert; a “crashed” Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a simulated debris field of aircraft parts; and a medical triage area with a number of fatalities and injured people.
“This air exercise provides LAX and our partner agencies the opportunity to practice and refine emergency procedures necessary for handling an aircraft disaster,” according to John Kinney, Los Angeles World Airports director of emergency management. “This training greatly enhances our responders’ ability to integrate quickly in a unified effort to save lives, fight fire, contain hazards, preserve evidence, assist victims’ families, inform the public and begin an investigation.”
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