Full Scale Airline Disaster exercise at Hector InternationalFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A plane with 60 people on-board crashes at Hector International. But don't worry. Its just pretend.
By: Mike Erickson, Photo Journalist, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A plane with 60 people on-board crashes at Hector International. But don't worry. Its just pretend.
Emergency responders held a full scale airport disaster exercise at Hector.
The event was timed and responders had to care for 60 patients in one hour.
Today what we're doing is our annual FAA exercise it's a airliner disaster at Hector International Airport.
"Hello folks. You guys all walked out it looks like that's good."
Every three years we have to do a full scale exercise and that's where we actually get the players out into the field, we actually get victims and we actually go thru our processes and our plans and run thru basically a scenario of a real event.
Ok. There's still quite a few down? There's a bunch of them.
Not to often that we get a chance to play together where we bring Fargo West Fargo Moorhead Fire FM ambulance all into the same field and go thru a large event like this. And we give them some real victims to play with.
I need another triage.
It's kinda different not what i do in the mornings but you know.
We have about 45 real live volunteers out here giving their time playing the parts.
Matthew Thibert/Crash Victim: "So far i think it's really fun and kinda hectic. So we were split into groups went on different buses and were given these cards and based on the severity of our injuries on our cards they would pull us off based on those."
Leon Schlafmann/Emergency Service Director: "What i told them up front is play their parts but to observe what basically what their taxpayers are paying for in their response so it's been positive."
Dominic Mugavero/Crash Victim: "One thing i'm going to take away from this is i'll be safe in Fargo if there's ever a crash cause the firemen and paramedics really are doing a good job."
Anybody got a green tag on them ?
The exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration.