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Disaster Plan Exercise Tested
June 22, 2012

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Hector International Airport hosted its triennial mock disaster exercise on the morning of Friday, June 22nd  to test the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Airport Emergency Plan.


ARFF PictureThe disaster scenario was that an arriving commercial aircraft that crashed upon landing at Hector International Airport. A passenger carrying aircraft was attempted to land and crashed sliding into the northwest portion of the airport property.  The exercise utilized the cargo ramp as the simulated crash site.


The purpose of the exercise is to put into practice the airport emergency plan and test its effectiveness in the event of an aircraft accident on the airport.  The exercise had 74 real and virtual crash victims. The plan tests all aspects of an accident from the initial fire department response of extinguishing fires and rescuing victims.


ARFF Picture


In total, approximately 100 emergency personnel took part in this exercise. The North Dakota Air National Guard Fire Department and other mutual aid agencies including; Fargo Fire and Police Department, West Fargo Fire Department, FM Ambulance, Salvation Army, Red River Regional Dispatch Center and the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower.


The next full-scale exercise will be held in the spring of 2015.


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