Pitt-Greenville Airport conduct Emergency Response Exercise Monday evening

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- The Pitt-Greenville Airport was on fire Monday night as part of a crash simulation.

In preparation for the crash, the victims received their makeup and were informed of their injuries. A pile of straw was lit on fire to simulate a plane explosion.

Airport firefighters, Greenville, and Pitt County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. These type of drills help first responders know what to do and where to go if an actual crash takes place.

“All that we can do is provide our fire truck and foam water and be there as quickly as we can within three minutes to provide a pathway for passengers to get out of a burning airplane and get out of there,” said Jerry Vickers, Pitt-Greenville Airport manager.

The drill is required every 3 years by the Federal Aviation so the airport can receive its annual renewal to operate commercial flights. The airport and emergency response agencies do meet regularly to go over any changes needed.




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