LOS ANGELES - On April 24, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) along with the Los Angeles International Airport successfully tested its emergency response plan with a two-hour exercise that included nearly 300 participants, representing more than 30 organizations. About 100 of the participants were volunteers wearing makeup to simulate injuries and played the roles of victims.
The drill, dubbed ``LAX AIREX 2013,'' began at 11 a.m. Such exercises are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as LAFD's "Life Fire Training".
The LAFD utilized two-dozen fire engines, several command vehicles, Airport Crash Rigs, and one helicopter during the simulation. Organizations participating in addition to the LAFD were: LAX Operations, Los Angeles Airport Police, the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Transportation Security Administration, and the American Red Cross.
The scenario included simulated audio of an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower alert; a "crashed'' Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a simulated debris field of aircraft parts; and a medical triage area with a number of fatalities and injured people. This provided Emergency Responders an opportunity to successfully put into action and work out kinks of the emergency response plan, in particular the critical first two hours of a large scale emergency.
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department