Simulated plane crash tests area first responders

Longview News-Journal
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 12:41pm

Longview, TX — The blood, lacerations broken bones and bits of metal embedded in their bodies weren’t real, but emergency crews responded as if they were.
About 150 local and state and first responders leapt into action as part of a federally mandated disaster drill Wednesday at East Texas Regional Airport. It’s a once-every-three years necessity to be sure that, if the disaster were real, the response would be adequate.
“What you are doing is exercising your airport emergency plan, your fire response times and your mutual aid,” said airport Director Roy Miller.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires all certified commercial service airports to conduct full-scale emergency exercises every three years to maintain certification and ensure emergency crews are able to respond rapidly and effectively. Wednesday’s outcome, Miller said, was good.
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