Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Practice Makes Perfect

In a simulated emergency response Saturday at Friedman Memorial Airport, crews remove an “injured passenger” from a scene designed to be an inbound plane that overshot the runway and crashed into a grocery truck on state Highway 75. The nose of the simulated aircraft—a bus—was lodged into the trailer of the truck and fuel was leaking from both vehicles. Twenty-five passengers, three crew members and a truck driver needed care, resulting in fire, rescue, extrication, triage, inter-agency communication and “hazmat” situations. According to Airport Operations Chief Pete Kramer, "We felt that the drill exceeded all of our expectations." Twelve agencies including Friedman Memorial Airport Rescue Fire, Blaine County Disaster Services and the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security participated in the drill. Express photo by Willy Cook

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