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Harrisburg International Airport to hold major emergency drill

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Posted 9/20/19

If you see and hear lots of ambulances and police and fire vehicles going in and out of Harrisburg International Airport on Saturday, don’t worry. It’s only a drill.

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Harrisburg International Airport to hold major emergency drill

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If you see and hear lots of ambulances and police and fire vehicles going in and out of Harrisburg International Airport on Saturday, don’t worry. It’s only a drill.

A full-scale drill to test how well first responders handle an emergency at the airport will take place at HIA from 9 a.m. Saturday until about noon.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports undergo this type of full-scale exercise every three years, to test the airport’s emergency plan, said Tim Edwards, HIA executive director.

The drill is not expected to impact normal day to day operations at the airport, Edwards said.

The exercise will simulate a large air carrier incident. The drill will include real-time responses from off-site fire, police and emergency medical services who are expected to provide mutual aid at the airport in case of an actual emergency.

Also on hand will be the American Red Cross, Dauphin County coroner, and the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Besides Dauphin County, participants will be coming from throughout Cumberland, Lancaster and York counties.

Playing a supporting role will be volunteer “victims” who will be made up to simulate injuries ranging from minor bumps and bruises to fatalities.