Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:16

Bangor International Airport prepares for an emergency disaster Featured

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BANGOR - Emergency vehicles surrounded the Bangor International Airport yesterday morning. Thankfully it was only a drill.

Emergency officials and the American Red Cross responded to a Delta flight that caught fire. Over 100 passengers were left in fear for their lives when a hot engine and broken hose ignited. Fortunately, this was just a full scale disaster scenario.

 

"In a real world emergency there will be a lot of afraid nerves than there are today," said James Canders, the assistant director at the airport, "This gives you a glimpse to some of the things that you would be experiencing."

 

This exercise is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. It's held every three years. It helps officials prepare for 'mass casualties' and a sense of urgency as they work together to control an emergency.

 

"It's a little stressful even though it is an exercise. It adds to the realism," said Canders, "You have to pay attention and be talking to all of the agencies involved and passing on the information as soon as you get it."

 

In an emergency, it is job of the American Red Cross to stand on the side lines - waiting for their cue to aid in disaster relief.

 

"You can talk about things, but this gives us an opportunity to practice and put all of our tools and resources to the test," said the Caroline King, the executive director of the American Red Cross.

 

"I am a firm believer that we can do a wonderful job. I believe in our people, our training our equipment and policy and procedures that during an actual event we would perform very well," said Chief Tom Higgins, of the Bangor Fire Department, "Sometimes it's harder to do these planned events than real events because you work with some much artificiality."

Jack Hilton

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