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Practice makes perfect and this week, Pocatello Regional Airport, along with a number of other agencies and organizations, will be preparing for the worst.
Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. airport staff along with the Pocatello Police and Fire Departments, SkyWest Airlines and Serco Management Services, Inc. with the help of the students and staff at Idaho State University and Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25 will take part in a drill to test the response to a plane crash at the airport.
“A crash is something we hope never happens but we have to be prepared,” said David Allen, Pocatello Regional Airport Manager. “There’s no better way to do that than a live drill. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, see what works, and identify areas for improvement.”
For the exercise, Idaho State University students will be dressing School District #25 students in fake injuries. Meanwhile, additional groups of School District #25 students will play the role of the media, as well as family and friends at the airport who would have been greeting the arriving passengers.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their participation and help in holding this exercise,” Allen said.
The drill fulfills the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) requirement that the airport hold a live exercise once every three years. The FAA also requires the airport to hold a table-top simulation once every year.