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Emergency Drill at Sea-Tac on Wednesday, July 12

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Port of Seattle to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Simulating An Aircraft Accident at Sea-Tac Airport on Wednesday, July 12

Exercise Date: Wednesday, July 12, Pre-event activities begin 6 a.m.

Exercise Begins: 10 a.m. on north end of airfield below center runway near S. 156th St.

Exercise Ends: 1 p.m. – Multiple area first responders will be involved

(Seattle – July 11, 2017) –The Port of Seattle will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise simulating an aircraft accident that is required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday, July 12. Area first responders will participate in the exercise. Please alert the public of potential emergency vehicle activity they may see at the airport during this time – THIS IS AN EXERCISE ONLY. 

Preparations for the exercise will begin as early as 6 a.m. with the exercise scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m. The exercise location will be on the far north end of the airfield below the elevation of the center runway near S. 156th St. A mock aircraft fuselage is in place at the site for first responders to practice.

The exercise will NOT affect or delay any air travel. Both of Sea-Tac’s two other runways will be open as normal and the exercise will NOT affect any customer activity within the terminal. Residents nearby the airport may notice emergency vehicles responding as part of the exercise.

Up to 150 volunteers will participate as ‘victims’ next to the mock aircraft fuselage which comes from a former Boeing 757 shipped from Moses Lake specifically for this exercise. Volunteers will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. for moulage (or make-up) to represent a variety of injuries that will test medical care triage practices.

Dozens of the King County area mutual aid police and fire agencies will participate in the exercise with an estimated 50 -75 pieces of equipment from fire engines to aid cars and up to 175 fire fighters. Additional police officers from the area are also expected to participate alongside first responders from the Port of Seattle Fire and Police Departments, Sea-Tac Airport Security, Airport Operations, Public Information and the Port Environmental team.

In addition, other key exercise participants will include airport and airline representatives, the FAA, Red Cross, King County Emergency Management Division, and the King County Medical Examiner.

A comprehensive report will be prepared post-exercise to identify any gaps in emergency plans and then prioritize follow-up corrective actions.

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