Police, fire and EMS hold disaster drill
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- An aircraft emergency drill on Saturday will help local fire, EMS, and law enforcement practice responding to a potential aircraft disaster. Every three years, the FAA requires Albany International Airport to use their emergency plan for a drill.
The Airport Authority, along with the Town of Colonie Fire Service Agencies collaborated to act out this drill. Part of the drill includes extinguishing fires, securing the site, and providing for the safety of victims should an aircraft disaster happen.
"This year we decided that it would be a good idea to have an off airport response since we are right in the flight path of this accident scene, to test the emergency responders on how they would react to a large scale incident such as this," explained David Cook, Albany International Airport Fire Chief.
Volunteers from the Loudonville Fire Department, the airport, and residents all donated their time to act as victims for the drill.