Reagan National Airport to host full-scale emergency drill

ARLINGTON, Va. — Reagan National Airport will host a full-scale airport emergency drill, starting at 9 a.m. and wrapping up around 11:30 a.m.

The drill is required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration. The exercise gives first responders, regional officials, mutual aid organizations and the media the opportunity to observe and participate in a simulated aircraft disaster testing the airport’s emergency response plans, policies and procedures.

The drill to be held Saturday will simulate the crash of an aircraft on an airport runway.

The exercise will simulate the following:

  • The crash of an aircraft on an airport runway;
  • Aircraft fire suppression and site stabilization;
  • Mass casualty triage, treatment and transport to local hospitals;
  • Coordination with and response of regional mutual aid partners on airport property;
  • Emergency communications with media and the public;
  • Survivor reunification with family and friends.

“During the exercise, smoke, fire, participants with mock injuries and a large number of emergency response vehicles may be visible to passengers and the public. Activities will be concentrated on the south side of the airfield in a controlled area near Runway 4. Please note, emergency response communications may be heard on scanners and emergency vehicles will be seen departing airport property throughout the event,” said a news release from the airport.

In addition to fire and police departments, federal agencies are participating, as well as area hospitals and the Red Cross.

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