LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2014) — A full-scale emergency training exercise will be held at Blue Grass Airport on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Approximately 200 individuals will gather to participate in the exercise, which is designed to test the capabilities of airport and community emergency response staff in the event of an aviation incident. In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration training requirements, the exercise will include a simulated aircraft incident where all airport staff and emergency response agencies will respond to the scene as if it was an actual emergency.
The exercise involves the active participation of more than 20 emergency agencies including fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement agencies, local hospitals, the American Red Cross and many others. A full-scale emergency exercise is staged every three years as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. During the interim years, tabletop exercises are performed to ensure airport and community preparedness.
“This full-scale training exercise will allow the airport and our partner agencies to practice and evaluate our communication and emergency response skills,” said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. “It is imperative that we all work together to provide an efficient and well-coordinated response in the case of an actual emergency, and we appreciate the participation and support of our partner agencies and the community in this important exercise.”
A team of evaluators will be present to judge the effectiveness of the exercise and the readiness of responding rescue crews. The exercise is expected to last several hours and will have no effect on airport operations. All flights will operate as scheduled.
Additionally, a separate full-scale emergency training drill will be conducted earlier in the day at Blue Grass Airport by the National Disaster Medical System.