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Airport Operations and Flights Will Operate as Scheduled

April 6, 2017 – A full-scale emergency training exercise will be conducted at Blue Grass Airport on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Approximately 300 individuals will gather to participate in the exercise, which is designed to test the capabilities of airport and community emergency response staff in the event of an aviation incident. In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration training requirements, the exercise will include a simulated aircraft incident where all airport staff and emergency response agencies will respond to the scene as if it was an actual emergency.

The exercise involves the active participation of more than 20 emergency agencies including fire and rescue personnel, emergency management, law enforcement agencies, local hospitals, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others. Volunteer groups from local universities, schools and other organizations will serve as role players, moulaged to simulate injuries sustained from the incident.

The exercise is expected to last several hours and will have no effect on airport operations. All passenger flights will operate as scheduled. The exercise will include the use of sirens and participation of numerous emergency vehicles providing mutual aid response.

"This important training exercise will allow the airport and our partner agencies to practice and evaluate our emergency response, triage, family assistance and communication skills," said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. "Safety and security of our passengers is our top priority. It is imperative that we all work together to provide an efficient and well-coordinated response in the event of an actual emergency."

A full-scale emergency exercise is staged every three years as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. During the interim years, tabletop exercises are performed to ensure airport and community preparedness. A team of evaluators will be present to judge the effectiveness of the exercise and the readiness of responding rescue crews.

Media seeking to report on the exercise should contact the airport by 9 am on April 11 to obtain pre-arranged access to the media viewing area. One-on-one interviews will be held from 12:15-12:45 pm on April 11 so airport media relations staff can participate in the exercise.