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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Niagara Falls International Airport Conducts Training Exercise

Saturday, June 27, representatives from the Niagara Falls International Airport, Air Rescue Fire Unit from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Transportation Security Administration, NFTA Transit Police, Spirit and Allegiant Airlines, Calspan, Federal Aviation Administration and NFTA Public Affairs gathered in the NFIA conference room to conduct a Major Accident Response Exercise centered around a simulated plane crash on the airfield.

The MARE, which is required to be conducted every three years, was evaluated by a representative from the FAA, and led by Fire Chief Ed McDonald, who guided the group through the various phases of the crash exercise. As the simulated crash unfolded, he invoked responses from the participants on how they would react to the evolving situation, in the event a real crash did occur at the airport.

Chief McDonald said, “You can never have too much training. Today’s exercise gave everyone a perfect opportunity to hone their individual skills for such an event and make sure they know what would be expected of them should such a situation actually take place.”

At the end of the three hour drill everyone left the room more confident in their abilities and how they would react in the event of a real life emergency.