Over 170 first responders, volunteer victims, and evaluators worked together to simulate an airline crash at the Lakeland Linder International Airport to test existing plans, systems, and processes on February 15, 2022. The Central Florida RPC contracted with Emergency Response Educators and Consultants Inc. (EREC) to coordinate the triennial full-scale exercise, engaging multiple agencies to test emergency response policies and procedures.
The event was conducted in an “all-hazards” environment, providing training for federal, county, city, and regional partners. The scenario involved a collision of two aircraft on the runway, one with 50 passengers and one with hazardous materials released during the impact. First responders worked quickly to triage passengers while mitigating the effects of the hazardous materials.
An After-Action Report and Improvement Plan will provide participating agencies a full report of the event and guide them in improving response to real-time disaster events.