Travelers to Sacramento International Airport may notice fire engines, helicopters and some action on the airfield on Wednesday when an emergency preparedness drill is conducted.
Every three years a full-scale emergency exercise must be conducted at the airport per federal regulations. The drill gives airport staff and first responders a chance to replicate what they would do in the event of a real emergency.
The drill will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Once the drill begins, first responders will arrive at the airport as an airplane incident is enacted.
Medical helicopters will land on the airfield to transport people with simulated injury to hospitals.
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Among those participating in the drill will be the Federal Aviation Administration control tower, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office, hospitals, fire departments, Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, hospitals, Southwest Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration.