Emergency Training Exercise scheduled at ROA on Saturday

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise to test their response capabilities in the event of an emergency situation.

The drill will include hazardous materials simulation, injury simulation and multi-agency response.

“Commercial airports conduct live exercises to prepare for an aircraft incident or accident. We stage a
mock aircraft disaster, and then respond as if it were a real incident. The airport and our mutual aid
partners participate so we can test our emergency response procedures. The training allows us to measure
our response and make improvements as warranted. While we hope we don’t have to put these skills to
use it is important to practice in case they are needed.”

David Jeavons, Interim Executive Direction for the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission

An aircraft simulator will be used to practice the hazardous materials response and simulated victims will be triaged and transported to LewisGale Medical Center and LewisGale Cave Spring ER.

Agencies participating in the drill include:

  • Roanoke Regional Airport Commission
  • Roanoke Fire-EMS
  • Roanoke Police
  • Emergency Managment
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Virginia State Police
  • Roanoke City E-911 Center
  • Roanoke County Dispatch
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS
  • American Red Cross
  • Roanoke County Fire-EMS
  • Roanoke County Police
  • LewisGale Medical Center.

Flight operations at the airport will not be affected during the exercise which will take place in secured areas.

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