Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to hold emergency reponse exercise

Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Drivers may notice extra emergency personnel at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Friday morning.

A planned, full-scale exercise will test the response to a real-world aircraft incident on Friday, September 8.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires annual tabletop exercises. The full-scale event is required at least every three years.

“Every exercise is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our emergency response,” said Airport Manager Katrina Amos. “There are many different agencies that get involved and an exercise helps keep us prepared to work together.”

The airport and restaurant will remain open for normal business. Visitors are advised to use extra caution around emergency vehicles.

In the fictional scenario, exercise participants will simulate the response to a plane crash at takeoff from the airport. Staff will assess their use of the Incident Command System, public safety response plans and procedures, proper notification and coordination procedures, patient care, and site safety and security.

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