SLIDESHOW: Sea-Tac Airport’s ‘Emergency Drill’ Up Close From Runway
Over 100 volunteers posed as ‘victims’ next to a mock-up aircraft in a fire and rescue scenario at Sea-Tac Airport Friday (July 15), in the Port of Seattle’s Tri-ennial Emergency Exercise for FAA Certification.
This year’s exercise consisted of two separate mock scenarios focusing on police and fire response. The first scenario centered around a flight that was ‘seized’ by a hostage taker. Police responded with appropriate tactics to practice techniques and procedures.
Volunteers were outfitted with theater makeup to represent a variety of injuries in an attempt to test medical care triage, treatment, and transport practices and procedures.
Port Police and Fire Departments lead each scenario response which included dozens of King County area mutual aid police and fire agencies. An estimated 50-75 pieces of equipment from fire engines to aid cars and up to 175 fire fighters were scheduled to participate, as well as police officers and SWAT teams. Additional first responders from the Port included Sea-Tac Airport Security, Airport Operations, Public Information and the Port Environmental team.
Following the exercise, a comprehensive report will be prepared post-exercise to identify any gaps in emergency planning and prioritize follow-up corrective actions.
Photographer Francis Zera was also on hand, and he created the following Sound Slideshow (make sure your speakers are turned on):