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July 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Fire trucks, helicopters at Sea-Tac – but don’t worry

At a previous emergency drill at Sea-Tac Airport, a mannequin's hand pokes out of simulated debris. Another full-scale drill will be conducted Thursday at Sea-Tac. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times, 2008)

At a previous emergency-response  drill at Sea-Tac Airport, a passenger “victim”  is caught in a plane’s engine. Another full-scale drill will be conducted Thursday at Sea-Tac. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times, 2008)

Don’t be concerned if you see more than 175 emergency vehicles and eight helicopters — plus 300 accident “victims” — at Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday morning.

It’s part of a full-scale emergency drill simulating an aircraft disaster at the airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 10.

The drill will be carried out on Sea-Tac’s westernmost runaway. The airport’s other two runways will operate normally, and neither flights nor passengers in the terminal will be affected — beyond, perhaps, wondering what’s going on.

Up to 300 volunteers will participate as “victims,” said the Port of Seattle (which is organizing the drill). The volunteers will be in grisly makeup, some strewn near a damaged, mock airplane fuselage, to represent a variety of injuries to test medical personnel’s response.

The Federal Aviation requires such emergency-response exercises to be held every three years.

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