Full-scale emergency drill to be conducted at SLO airport
— The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and many community partners will conduct a full-scale airport emergency response exercise from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, May 10. The purpose of the disaster exercise is to test and evaluate the preparedness and capabilities of the airport and local response agencies.
Although the drill will be staged within the airport boundaries, members of the public may see smoke, numerous emergency vehicles and unusual airport activity during the drill. The exercise, including local volunteers and emergency responders, will evaluate coordination between agencies, mass-casualty response, public information dissemination, victim and family care, security and communications.
Federal Aviation Administration regulations require a full-scale exercise once every three years to test the airport’s emergency plan. This drill is an excellent opportunity for everyone to evaluate their skills.
The airport will continue in normal operations throughout the exercise, which will last about three hours. The organizations and agencies involved in the exercise include: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, Cal Fire, Skywest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle Airlines San Luis Ambulance, Cambria Ambulance, Air Traffic Control, American Red Cross – San Luis Obispo Chapter, San Luis Obispo City Fire, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Transportation Security Administration, Sierra Vista Hospital, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Police Department and the County Office of Emergency Services. Cuesta Collage students and community volunteers will be role-playing aircraft crash victims.
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