Lincoln, NE (September 8, 2021) Normally, fire trucks and police cars heading for the airport at high speed would be a sign of trouble. One day next week it will be just a drill.
Per Federal Regulations, each Airport must hold a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise at least every 36 months.
The Lincoln Airport Authority plans to conduct its next airport emergency plan exercise next Tuesday, September 14. Along with Lincoln Airport Authority operations and administration staff, community partners participating in the event will include the Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Lincoln Fire and rescue, Lincoln Police Dept., Nebraska Air National Guard, Bryan Health, CHI Health St. Elizabeth, City of Lincoln Radio Shop, United Airlines, Duncan Aviation, and volunteers from Union College.
This year’s scenario will focus on the dangers associated with airport terminal ramp operations to include collisions between aircraft and vehicles and the threat of fuel spills, fire and injuries as a result. The combined goal will focus on exercising community emergency response plans and capabilities so the Lincoln Airport and supporting entities are prepared to handle worst-case scenarios related to the traveling public.
The Lincoln airport will remain open and operational during the exercise. Community members may see an increased number of emergency fire and police vehicles and other agencies who will be participating. The exercise will be conducted from noon to 2:00 p.m.
For the safety and security of the exercise, the public’s safety and to avoid interference with the exercise, community members are asked to avoid the area north of Terminal.
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