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Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise

April 15th, 2024 |

First responders, mutual aid, and airport personnel to participate on Saturday, April 27th.

(Hanover, PA) – Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) is hosting a full-scale disaster exercise of the Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) on Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Airports are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct these exercises once every three years.

Over 219 participating personnel from more than 40 different agencies will respond to ABE as in a real emergency, including firefighting and rescue equipment, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies during a simulated emergency scenario involving an aircraft.  Approximately 70 volunteer role players (moulage to simulate injuries) will also be used for training purposes.

This is only an exercise.  It is not open to the public.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The exercise will be held in the secure airfield operations area and will not affect normal airport operations.

“The exercise must achieve FAA standards while providing hands-on training necessary for airport personnel and local emergency organizations to practice and prepare for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster at ABE,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA).

What: Emergency Preparedness Exercise

When: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Lehigh Valley International Airport, 3311 Airport Road, Allentown

Who: LNAA, 40 agencies represented by 219 personnel


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