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Airport Emergency Drill
WATERLOO, IA (CBS2/FOX28) On Thursday the Waterloo Regional Airport conducted an emergency training drill focusing on a plane crash and mass casualty situation. The airport has seen a 13 percent increase in passenger departures since this same time last year. As traffic at the airport increases, first responders are working to make sure those passing through are safe.
Thursdays drill was a joint effort by area police, fire and ambulance agencies. It also included assistance from the Army National Guard and about 65 volunteers acting as victims.
It gets like scary a lot of times, McKayla Borter, 14, who acted as a victim with a spinal cord injury said.
McKaylas mother and brothers, Laekyn, 4, and Dakota, 6, also participated as actors in the drill. They are planning to take their first trip on a plane as a family to Tennessee next spring break.
As volunteers, they were responsible for acting out the fake injuries assigned to them. Some victims only have scrapes and bruises. 15 in the drill were dead.
Some of those tears you see are probably real, they get so into the role, Dan Trelka the Director of Safety Services for Waterloo said about the emotional nature of the exercise.
Mike Wilson, the Director of Aviation, for the Waterloo Regional Airport, explained that the scenario is also as real as possible.
They were on arrival and unexpectedly they crash landed. The aircraft split into 2 parts, we have two busses on the runway and we have people scattered in 3 different areas, Wilson said describing the scene.
The drill lasted five hours with first responders working to triage victims. Law enforcement secured the area and firefighters helped triage and deal with the burning aircraft. National Guard members also helped with triage.
While its frightening for McKayla, she said it also gives her some peace of mind as she prepares for that that first plane ride.
I thought it would help in case of a real emergency, she said.
The airport conducts a mass casualty drill every three years. It is required by the Federal Aviation Administration.