On Saturday, October 28, The Reading Regional Airport, in conjunction with the Greenfields Fire Co., conducted its bi-annual emergency response drill. Crews from around the area responded to the airport’s simulated security breach of its perimeter.
The exercise is required by the FAA and the TSA every two years in order to evaluate the airports response to a mass damage and casualty incident. Apparatus from Reading, Goodwill, Temple, Bernville, Mt. Pleasant, and West Reading fire companies, along with EMS units from Schuylkill Valley EMS, Western Berks Ambulance, Northern Berks Ambulance, Souhern Berks Ambulance, City of Reading EMS, and Bern Township Police joined with the GFC to assist the airports ARFF unit with the exercise. In addition, dozens of volunteers with simulated injuries also participated.
“The scenario today was for a mass casualty incident. It was a security threat that involved a bomb incident and then we had a large aircraft that had 30 passengers on board,” said Terry Sroka, airport manager. The outcome of the two vehicle breach ended with one vehicle bursting into flames and the other crashing into a taxiing aircraft causing multiple injuries and several fatalities.
The exercise lasted about two and a half hours and was considered a complete success.
Participating for the GFC were:
Chief Brian Fisher
FF Scott Trate
FF Joe Green
Jr. FF Eli Pagan
Jr. FF Vicktoria Calleja
Support Unit Lt. Sarah Green
Photographer Steve Spies