Lafayette Regional Airport hosts disaster drill - KATC.com | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette

Lafayette Regional Airport hosts disaster drill

Posted: Updated:

The Lafayette Regional Airport held a disaster drill Friday morning.  

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates that airports hold disaster drills every three years. The event was a full-scale exercise according to the law.

According to airport officials, the purpose of the drill is to exercise the airport’s emergency plan within a controlled accident scenario and to identify any possible areas requiring additional research and/or coordination. Although the drill is mandated by federal regulations, the Lafayette Regional Airport Air Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Department and the Lafayette Airport Commission welcome the challenges of a drill that engages all the different fire and rescue departments, government agencies, medical personnel and first responders in the area, to ensure and test their ability to serve the community should an actual incident ever occur.

During the drill, nursing students acted as people with injuries. "It was a really cool out of the norm kind of experience," nursing student Katherine Douglas said. " It was good to see all of the first responders in play and kind of come together if there were a disaster." 

Organizers wanted it all to be as realistic as possible and simulate what would happen in a real plane crash.
"They (nursing students) have fake blood and injuries. They have cards that tell the responding agent what their injuries are,"  Steven Picou of Lafayette Regional Airport said. 

Lafayette Airport Commission Chairperson Valerie Garrett says the drill will help the airport and coordinating agencies prepare for a real event.

“It is not realistic to think that one agency can handle all the efforts required during a disaster, real or simulated,” she says. “It is a team effort as the exercise will demonstrate.”

The drill included airport personnel and participants from Lafayette City Police, Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Acadian Ambulance Service, volunteer fire departments from the area, American Red Cross, Transportation Security Administration, the FAA air traffic tower personnel, all Lafayette hospitals, airport tenants and vendors, and numerous volunteers.

Power Doppler HD
Powered by Frankly

© KATC.com 2018, KATC.com
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?