Disaster drill at Baton Rouge Airport

POSTED: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 10:44am

UPDATED: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:24pm

Explosions, smoke, and sirens were seen Saturday morning at Baton Rouge airport.

It was all part of a drill that's mandated by several Federal Government agencies.

The purpose of the drill is to test response time, and see what part of the response need to be fixed in case there's ever a real disaster.

"We learned  a lot today - we learned communication is key", says Anthony Williams, Chief of the Baton Rouge Airport Police.

The drill has three scenarios.  A bomb on a plane, an active shooter at the airport, and another explosion close to the plane.   The response included the BTR Fire Department, EBR EMS, Baton Rouge Police, the BRPD Special Response Team, and the EBR Sheriff's office.

"We like to see how does this operaton work when you have a mock aircraft disaster and where do have weak links on our chain", says Anthony Marino, the Director of BTR.

After the drill, all the agencies involved talked about the response, what went wrong, and how to fix it.

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