Bishop International Airport performs life-size plane crash simulation | Local

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) — Alarms went off early Tuesday morning at Bishop Flint International Airport as part of a three-year training to test first responder plans in the event of a plane crash.

Various Genesee County fire and police departments and emergency service providers trained alongside airport employees during a simulated full-scale plane crash to practice and improve emergency response plans.

“Conducting exercises like this allows us all to test our abilities to ensure that we are able to work operationally and to ensure that we are able to react appropriately in emergency situations. emergency,” Michigan State Police Lt. Kim Vetter said.

The FAA requires local police and firefighters to participate in the exercise every 36 months. Vetter said they are spending the next planning cycle critiquing and improving.

The simulation began at Bishop International Airport and ended at Hurley Medical Center, where injured victims would travel in a real life emergency.

“Because we are a Level 1 trauma center, we have a mass level of expertise to be able to meet this need at any time,” said John Stewart, Emergency Services Administrator at Hurley.

He said COVID-19 had made preparing for training once every three years more difficult in some cases. But pandemic or not, emergency responders must be ready for anything.

“This test challenges the system on a different level,” Stewart said. “Over the past couple of years we haven’t done that to this degree, so this is a good opportunity for us to exercise our contingency plan and put it to the test more than this. that we have with the COVID response plan.”