The Port of Seattle will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise simulating an aircraft accident that is required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday, July 12.
Area first responders will participate in the exercise. The public may see emergency vehicle activity at the airport during this exercise but are reminded it is only a drill.
Preparations for the exercise will begin as early as 6 a.m. with the exercise scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. The exercise location will be on the far north end of the airfield below the elevation of the center runway near South 156th Street. A mock aircraft fuselage is in place at the site for first responders to practice.
The exercise will not affect or delay any air travel. Both of Sea-Tac’s two other runways will be open as normal and the exercise will not affect any customer activity within the terminal. Residents near the airport may notice emergency vehicles responding as part of the exercise.
Up to 150 volunteers will participate as “victims” next to the mock aircraft fuselage which comes from a former Boeing 757 shipped from Moses Lake specifically for this exercise. Volunteers will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. for moulage (or make-up) to represent a variety of injuries that will test medical care triage practices.
Dozens of the King County area mutual aid police and fire agencies will participate in the exercise with an estimated 50 to 75 pieces of equipmen, including fire engines and aid cars, and up to 175 firefighters. Additional police officers from the areaalso are expected to participate alongside first responders from the Port of Seattle fire and police departments, Sea-Tac Airport security, airport operations, public information and the port environmental team.
Other key exercise participants will include airport and airline representatives, the FAA, Red Cross, King County Emergency Management Division and the King County Medical Examiner.
A comprehensive report will be prepared post-exercise to identify any gaps in emergency plans and then prioritize follow-up corrective actions.