(Montgomery, AL) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) will host a full-scale emergency plan exercise event on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 8 a.m. The federally mandated drill seeks to test the speed and effectiveness of emergency personnel and MGM staff in the event of an aircraft accident.
The FAA requires the emergency preparedness exercise known as the Triennial. Commercial airports, such as MGM, must hold such an event every three years to maintain their Part 139 Airport Certification, which allows commercial flights to operate out of the airport.
“The preparedness exercise will allow MGM and its community of first responders to train together and test our readiness to deploy personnel and resources,” said Loyd Jenkins, Chief of Police at Montgomery Regional Airport. “Emergency response is a teamwork, and we have been working closely with Gary Barron, Montgomery EMA, in planning this exercise. MGM will be working with multiple emergency management agencies, including the Montgomery EMA, Air Nation Guard Fire Unit, Montgomery Police and Fire, Montgomery County, and other state and local agencies that will step in to aid during a potential airport emergency response.
The exercise plan will run for approximately three hours and includes the scenario of an airplane crash, extraction, and triage of patients and several actors that will be given roles and mock injuries.
Residents in the area may see emergency response activities around the airport, but they should not be alarmed as it will be part of the drill activities. The drill is not expected to impact normal operations or schedules at the airport on Wednesday.
To participate in the full-scale emergency exercise as a volunteer, visit https://forms.gle/1kC74T7eoXNCyChd6.
Montgomery Regional Airport offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW), and Washington, D.C. (DCA). MGM currently serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta Airlines. For more information on the airport, visit flymgm.com.