Harrisburg International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency plan training exercise at the airport in Middletown on Saturday.
The exercise, which is required by the Federal Aviation Authority, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until about noon, regardless of the weather.
“The FAA requires this type of exercise to be conducted by all commercial service airports once every three years. We have been planning this exercise in general for more than two years and in great detail since June,” said Tim Edwards, executive director of HIA in a news release. “This emergency training exercise is routine and we’re asking area residents in advance to not be alarmed should they see emergency vehicles at the airport. This is only a drill.”
The exercise will simulate a large air carrier incident, HIA said. Volunteer “victims” will be made up to simulate injuries ranging from minor bumps and bruises to fatalities.
It will involve actual response from the airport’s mutual aid fire, police and emergency medical services, as well as other organizations, including the American Red Cross, Dauphin County Coroner’s Office and the 193rd Air National Guard.
Other organizations are expected to participate from the York, Lancaster, Dauphin and Cumberland county areas.