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September 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Realistic emergency drills planned at King, Snohomish airports

Officials will be conducting mass-casualty incident drills at the King County International Airport and Paine Field in Snohomish County this week.

Drills at the King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, will be conducted Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The emergency scenarios will be visible from Interstate 5, Airport Way and Beacon Hill, according to the King County Department of Transportation.

During the drills, multiple south King County agencies will respond, stage and arrive at a “crash scene” just as they would during a real emergency. The scenario will involve a large aircraft at the south end of the airport, and dozens of volunteer actors will wear makeup to represent different injuries.

The scenarios help emergency responders prepare for an actual mass-casualty incident and also help the airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.

On Thursday, Snohomish County emergency responders and agency representatives will conduct a half-day exercise to simulate an airport accident, according to the Snohomish County Executive Office. The drill will begin at 10 a.m. on the Alpha Taxiway near the north end of the airport. Paine Field conducts the exercise every three years to remain FAA certified.

 

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