ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY CONDUCTS FULL SCALE EXERCISE AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (August 1, 2012) –The Allegheny County Airport Authority will stage a full scale emergency drill at 6 pm, Thursday, August 2, at Pittsburgh International Airport. The drill is held every three years and is required by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the airport’s operating certification under Part 139 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Normal airport operations will not be affected nor will the airport’s ability to respond to a real emergency.
"The realistic simulation of a major aircraft accident is an excellent and practical way to assess the Airport's response to an actual incident. This comprehensive exercise demonstrates that the region is prepared to respond effectively to a major aircraft incident at one of the nation's best airports," said Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive.
“The safety of travelers and airport personnel is always the highest priority. Planning and practice for a major airfield incident is critical to ensuring the success of any emergency response,” stated David Minnotte, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The full scale exercise is a comprehensive test of the Airport Authority’s emergency management system. The actual mobilization and deployment of resources and personnel will involve dozens of the region’s public safety agencies along with many volunteers as casualties.
The organizational structure of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) will be implemented for drill response and management. NIMS provides a consistent format for emergencies and is a program of FEMA.