SAT conducted its 2017 Triennial Airport Emergency Exercise today in a secured area on one of its runways. The exercise simulated a significant aircraft mishap resulting in numerous injured passengers requiring medical treatment and transportation to area hospitals.
The full-scale exercise included over 300 participants from Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, Federal Aviation Administration, San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio Fire Department, Bexar County Medical Examiner, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Southwest Airlines, Joint Base San Antonio, Federal Bureau of Investigators, National Transportation Safety Board, Hallmark College of Aeronautics, Bexar County Office of Emergency Management, Joint Base San Antonio, Transportation Security Administration, National Weather Service, Texas Department of State Health Services, North East Independent School District, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Bexar County Office of Emergency Management, Red Cross, University of Texas Health Science Center and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
The exercise is a FAA requirement for all airports with commercial air carrier service. The purpose is to educate, train and fully prepare an airport, first responders, and the community for a major aviation disaster. It also offers a unique opportunity for the airport to validate its emergency plan. Various representatives from multiple agencies assisted in evaluating the airport’s response during the exercise.
“It is vital that the airport team has an updated emergency response plan, policies and procedures in place in the event there is a major aircraft mishap. Today’s exercise allowed everyone to exercise the complex synchronization of the multiple agencies involved in a mishap response and validate our preparedness”, stated Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio.