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Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise at 
Lehigh Valley International Airport on Saturday, April 12th Page Hero Image

Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise at 
Lehigh Valley International Airport on Saturday, April 12th

Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise at 
Lehigh Valley International Airport on Saturday, April 12th

April 7, 2014

ALLENTOWN, PA – A full-scale disaster exercise of the Lehigh Valley International Airport Emergency Plan will take place Saturday, April 12, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.  The purpose of the exercise is for local emergency organizations to gain practice and preparedness for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster.

The exercise will test the airport’s emergency response while providing hands-on training to airport personnel, local jurisdictions and other emergency personnel.  During the exercise, emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency, including the use of sirens, firefighting and rescue equipment.

This exercise is especially realistic due to the assistance of over 150 participating personnel from more than 32 different agencies.  A partial list of participating agencies includes:

The exercise will include the following elements to add realism to the simulated emergency:

The exercise will be held in the secure airfield operations area and will not affect normal airport operations or flights, however it will involve a certain amount of smoke.  As a result, vehicle drivers traveling on Airport Road between Race Street and City Line Road may see smoke rising from the airfield.  In addition, there will be multiple emergency vehicles in and around the Airport as part of the exercise.

This full-scale emergency preparedness exercise, which is the culmination of months of planning and coordination across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines, is mandated by the FAA to ensure airports are prepared for real-life aircraft emergencies.  Airports are required by the FAA to conduct these exercises every 3 years.
This is only an exercise.  It is not open to the public.

 

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Members of the media may be escorted to the simulated crash scene to cover the exercise.  This is an opportunity for the media to learn firsthand how local emergency organizations would respond to an aircraft disaster on the Airport.

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Lehigh Valley International Airport is conveniently located near Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania and is served by Allegiant Air, Delta, United, and US Airways with 9 nonstop destinations with connections to the world. LVIA serves a twelve county area with a population base of 3.6 million people. The Airport is easily accessible from communities in eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey areas. For more information on LVIA, visit www.flyabe.com or www.facebook.com/flylvia.

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