Full-scale emergency preparedness drill to take place at FWA Saturday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) announced that it will be conducting a full-scale emergency preparedness drill at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Airport Authority and its mutual aid partners are advising the public and travelers that emergency vehicles and other equipment will be staging a simulation of an aircraft accident and any activity will not be associated with an actual emergency situation.

“The Airport Authority’s Public Safety Department has developed a practice scenario where the airport’s Emergency Response Plan will be tested and evaluated. A number of mutual aid partners will also be participating in the drill,” the airport authority said.

Parkview Regional Medical Center will also be conducting an exercise for their staff in conjunction with the airport’s emergency exercise, the press release said. Hospital patients and guests are advised that the exercise and increased activity in and around the Parkview Regional Medical Center Emergency Department is due to the exercise.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations mandate airports to conduct full-scale mock emergency exercises every three years, along with annual tabletop exercises with all mutual aid or supporting agencies, the press release said.

The airport authority said these exercises test the effectiveness of airport emergency response plans and procedures of the airport in conjunction with federal, state, local and community agencies.

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