Every 36 months (three years), the FAA requires Friedman Memorial Airport to test its full-scale emergency response plan. This exercise is designed to test the emergency capabilities of all surrounding emergency responders (including hospitals and other medical facilities) in the event of a large-scale airport emergency, such as a plane crash.
We are looking for about 30 to 60 volunteers to assist with the triennial drill. As a volunteer, you will act as one of the 30 passengers on a simulated crashed jet. Volunteers will also be patients for fire and emergency medical crews to rescue and transport to the hospital. Someone will be on-site the morning of the drill to apply makeup and create fake wounds on some of the volunteers. These makeup wounds will simulate injuries and provide clues to emergency personnel about the type of medical treatment the volunteer needs. Beyond providing us a chance to see the capabilities of the other agencies, this drill will give FMA the opportunity to learn what our role will be in an emergency and better understand the specific areas where we need to focus.
The process of the drill will be as follows: When the emergency call goes out, FMA will be the first responder on scene with the airport fire truck. We will provide a description of the accident scene, extinguish some of the small fires that will be burning (for practice), and advise other agencies on how best to access the location of the accident. Some airport staff will serve as part of the incident command, as well. We will have to practice getting information to and from the FAA efficiently and help gather additional resources.
The drill will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately three hours. To eliminate any impact on FMA’s daily operations, the drill will be conducted at section #2 apron where the new Atlantic Aviation hanger is being built. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers.