April 8 Emergency Plan Exercise Required by Federal Aviation Administration
St. Louis Lambert International Airport will conduct a full-scale Emergency Plan Exercise on Runway 11/29 that includes a simulated aircraft fire and rescue.
Saturday, April 8, 2017. Media check-in 9 a.m. Training Exercise 10 a.m. – 12 noon
St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Check-in at Airport Office Building, 11495 Navaid Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044.
Media will be escorted on the runway and must stay in a pre-determined location during the drill.
(St. Louis) St. Louis Lambert International Airport will shut down runway 11/29 on the morning of Saturday, April 8 to hold a 2-hour full scale exercise of its emergency plan involving the response to an aircraft crash.
During the training, Airport Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) will be the first responders and will attack a live fire produced from a Mobile Aircraft Trainer, a 50-ft fuselage which produces flames to simulate a fully engulfed aircraft. The exercise begins at 10 a.m. and should take approximately two hours to complete. The exercise will not impact travelers or airline flight operations.
The aircraft firefighting trainer will be staged at the west end of Runway 11/29 as part of a mock crash site of a jet. Airport Police, EMS, and other regional first responder agencies will be participating in the drill along with support from the Airport’s airlines and SSM Health DePaul Hospital.
As part of the exercise, the Airport’s emergency responders will coordinate the treatment and transportation of crash victims, made up of a few dozen volunteers. Some of the volunteers will be transported to SSM DePaul to extend the emergency training at that facility. Airline staff will simulate the operation of a victim support center in the Airport, which is required by the FAA during major aircraft incidents.
The full-scale emergency plan exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years for all commercial airports.
St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) is the primary commercial airport for eastern Missouri and southern Illinois serving 14 million passengers annually. STL is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of St. Louis. It is wholly supported by airport user charges. No general fund revenues are used for the operation, administration, promotion or maintenance of airport facilities. For more information on flights and services at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, log onto www.flystl.com.
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