Dozens Of Local Agencies Participate In Mandatory FAA Emergency Training


A full-scale emergency exercise was underway at Rickenbacker International Airport in south Columbus Thursday.

Dozens of agencies and volunteers descended on the field for the mandatory training required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Volunteers served as injured passengers for a day as part of the public safety exercise.

The emergency training simulation is required every three years for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

This year’s scenario called for a simulated plane crash at Rickenbacker, involving more than a hundred passengers.

Real emergency responders used volunteers to practice rescue procedures.

“Coordinating all those responses is going to be a key piece in a real-world event, so we want to make sure all the folks that would be involved in a real-world event are out here exercising as well,” said Col. Joe Schulz of the Ohio National Guard.

Those involved in the exercise included:
• American Red Cross
• Box 15
• Central Ohio Amateur Radio
• Central Ohio Transit Authority
• Central Ohio Trauma System
• City of Columbus Fire and Medic
• Columbus Regional Airport Authority
• Diley Ridge Medical Center
• Doctors Hospital
• Franklin County Sheriff
• Franklin Township Medic
• City of Grandview Heights
• City of Groveport Police
• HandsOn Central Ohio
• Hamilton Township Police, Fire and Medic
• Harrison Township Medic
• Jackson Township Medic
• Madison Township Police, Fire and Medic
• Medflight
• Mount Carmel East
• Mount Carmel New Albany
• Village of Obetz Police
• Ohio National Guard
• Ohio State University Hospital East
• Norwich Township Medic
• Pleasant Township Medic
• Prairie Township Medic
• Scioto Township Fire and Medic
• The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
• Transportation Security Administration
• Violet Township Medic

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