Baton Rouge airport holds disaster drill

Baton Rouge airport holds disaster drill
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POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 4:04pm

Emergency rescue crews rushed to the scene where a person snuck an explosive on a plane. Fortunately it was just a drill, but it is a situation that Airports must be ready for.

"Every 3 years, we are required by the FAA to hold a triennial exercise which is to review and go through our emergency response plan with all of the mutual agencies that would respond to a normal crash at the baton rouge airport," said Ralph Hennessy, Director of Aviation at the Baton Rouge Airport.

In situations like these, all agencies must work together and have a specific role in making sure that everyone is safe.

"The airport has their own fire department where they take care of extinguishment of the fire. We try to take care of the wounded, people that are hurt, try to rescue them and bring them to a safe area," said Mark Miles, public information officer for the BRFD.

"Everyone has their own area that they are responsible for and in our emergency plan there is a section that outlines each departments duties and that's what they are train for is specializing in what their own area is," Hennessy added.

Even children who were on hand as actors in the drill, learned a thing or two about safety in these types of situations.

"Well I learned that i need to be calm and that I have to stay out of peoples way especially if there is nothing really wrong with me," said Amber Bazar, an actor in the drill.

And at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what uniform you have on, you must be aware of your own safety as well.

"If you don't get where you are going, you can't help the people. And once you get there, if you don't remain safe, you'll become a casualty as well, and you can't help the people. Our job is community service and to serve our community and to be prepared to do so at a moment's notice," said Anthony Williams, chief of the airport police department.

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