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Simulated plane crash tests city’s emergency response

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Journal staff

An emergency response drill involving a simulated crash landing at Sarnia’s Chris Hadfield Airport was conducted Tuesday morning as multiple agencies worked together to test their capabilities, the city said.

“We always want to be prepared for the worst should it ever happen,” Sarnia Airport terminal operations supervisor Mike Roberts, said in a news rele

An emergency response drill involving a simulated crash landing at Sarnia’s Chris Hadfield Airport was conducted Tuesday morning. (City of Sarnia photo)

ase. “Exercises like this provide valuable insight and experience for our staff and the myriad of teams that would respond, ensuring, should an emergency arise, everyone is ready.”

Fire, police, EMS and Imperial Oil were on scene for the simulated incident, staged as a crash landing following a potential hijacking, “in response to a possible terrorist situation,” the city noted.

“Everyone worked well together, operating as a single team under our unified command structure,” said city emergency manager Ron Realesmith. “While we hope something like this never happens, it’s good to know our first responders and local industry can interface so quickly and efficiently to respond and protect our residents.”

 

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