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Monday, September 19, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect

Rescue Units at Ginger - a Fed Ex donated 727
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport held a Triennial Full Scale Exercise Saturday, Sept. 17. The exercise utilized the Airport’s training plane, more than 60 volunteers made up to look like trauma victims, and first responders from across the region.

Assistant Chief Bill Major said, “we are not only testing the fire response, the law enforcement response, we are testing the emergency operations center, and the airlines. American Airlines is our sponsor, and they’re going to be working as if an incident occurred with their plane, and we are testing the public information part of it.”
NFTA Commissioner Downey with faux wounds

This year’s scenario imagined an aircraft landing at the BNIA in adverse weather and making contact with an airfield service vehicle. The exercise tested the Airport’s Emergency Plan, and provided valuable practice for the Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Unit, NFTA Transit Police, Airport Airfield and Terminal Operations, multiple first response emergency responders from the Towns of Cheektowaga, Amherst, City of Buffalo, Erie County Emergency Services and Sheriff's Department, State Police, TSA, FBI and AMR. Twin City Ambulance and Mercy Flight also participated.

Mustering in the station house
Triennial training is required by the Federal Aviation Administration, but the Airport’s ARFF unit trains almost every day to keep their skills sharp and keep up with advancements in gear, techniques and changes in the aviation industry.