On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, the Jacksonville International Airport will conduct its triennial emergency preparedness exercise.
The exercise allows the airport and first response agencies to evaluate emergency response systems, techniques, capabilities, and communication networks as they relate to a major aircraft incident.
While this training is required for U.S. airports by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), each participating agency has the opportunity to evaluate and refine their training skills as well.
This particular exercise will involve over 20 different city and state agencies, including JFRD, JSO and area hospitals. In addition, approximately 100 volunteers will take part in the exercise playing the roles of victims.
Because this drill involves many "victims," there will be numerous emergency vehicles in and around airport property. Those arriving or departing from the airport should use caution and follow officer instructions and all directional signage. A temporary road closure will be in effect along Pecan Park, between Woodwings and Terrell, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on the day of the drill.
An area along runway 14/32 will be utilized for the exercise.
The airport will remain open during the exercise and normal airport operations will NOT be affected.