Yakima Air Terminal

September 28, 2021 1:15 p.m.

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 1:15 p.m.

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YAKIMA, Wash. – A large-scale exercise will draw first responders to Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field for three hours on Thursday, September 30th.

According to a warning from the city of Yakima, the emergency scenario will simulate an aircraft accident on the West General Aviation Apron of the passenger terminal building. It lasts from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and a passenger bus is brought to represent the downed planes.

Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field Director Rob Peterson says this large-scale exercise is required every three years as per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

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It is not expected to affect traffic on 24th Ave and Washington Ave, but community members should expect first responders to rush through the area.

“People will see a variety of rescue vehicles responding to and encasing the practice area,” Peterson said. “It will only be an exercise, however, so the public will not have to worry. The flights will continue as planned and will not be affected by the exercise. “

This year, the preparedness exercise will be adapted to COVID-19 in a number of ways. An example of these adjustments is where first responders practice caring for accidental injuries using mannequins instead of volunteers.

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This allows them to limit virus transmission while meeting their FAA requirements.

“The exercise will be on a smaller scale than we may have seen in previous years,” said Peterson.

This exercise is part of a collaboration between the Yakima Fire Department, the Yakima Police Department, the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management, and Alaska Airlines.

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