Scary scenario: Redmond airport holds multi-agency ‘plane crash’ disaster drill to train first responders

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Numbers heard Wednesday morning on the Redmond Airport Police scanner channel were chilling — if they had been real: 23 people killed and 15 injured in a “plane crash” . But it was a training exercise, in case such a big disaster happened there.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports the size of RDM to conduct realistic disaster training exercises for commercial passenger aircraft once every three years.

On Wednesday, more than 30 Redmond Proficiency Academy students acted as passengers for what multiple agencies encountered, with a wide variety of challenges including triaging realistic fictitious injuries, transporting the injured, and identifying and retrieving reunification of passengers with their families.

The scenario the first responders were trained on was a realistic plane crash. The scenario was that a plane left the runway and crashed into a fence, leaving these 23 people dead, seven seriously injured, five seriously injured and three less injured. (Called Codes Black, Red, Yellow, and Green.) Dummies were used for the

RDM and Redmond Fire and Rescue have coordinated with several regional partners to practice, learn and prepare together, including Black Butte Ranch Fire Department, Bend Fire Department, Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District, Crook County Fire and EMS, Sunriver Fire Department, Crooker River Ranch Fire and Rescue, St. Charles Health System including Redmond, Prineville, Madras and Bend, St. Charles Family Care in Redmond, Crook County Health Department, Deschutes County Health Department, Jefferson County Health Department, Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office including Search and Rescue (SAR), Oregon Health Authority, Life Flight, Air Link, Redmond Proficiency Academy, and local air carriers and Transportation Security Administration officials ( TSA) that serve RDM.

Carly Keenan attended the training and will have the full story on NewsChannel 21 at Five.