ALAMOSA – The San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS) will conduct a large-scale exercise on Saturday, July 10th to test its responsiveness in the event of an aircraft accident. This exercise is designed to test both the airport response and the response of community emergency services. A full exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for all commercial service airports and must be conducted every three years. “We planned this exercise with our partners and worked diligently to train and prepare in the event of an accident,” said Will Hickman, ALS Airport Manager.
Citizens may notice additional activity around the airport on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. “We have scheduled the exercise for the morning so that our commercial flights are not interrupted and general air traffic is minimally disrupted,” said Hickman. The airport will remain open during the exercise, with a partial closure of Taxiway A. Participating authorities and partners of the airport include the Alamosa Fire Department, Alamosa Police, Alamosa County Administration, Alamosa County Coroner, Emergency Management of Alamosa County, Eagle Air Med, San Luis Valley Regional Health, San Luis Valley Hospital, Alamosa Ambulance District, Conejos EMS, Alamosa County Public Health, SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines, Centric Aviation, and the Colorado State Patrol.