Local agencies simulate airplane crash for training

Firefighters, law enforcement and other agencies rushed to the scene of an airport accident on Saturday, but don’t worry it was all part of a training exercise.

Volunteers pretended they were wounded or seriously injured in a simulated crash … While more than 100 workers from various agencies responded to the staged emergency. The exercise takes place every three years. 

“This exercise is really important,” said Cameron Humphres, executive director of Rapid City Regional Airport.  “First of all obviously to ensure we’re in compliance with the FAA regulations, but also to give us an opportunity to train for that event that we hope doesn’t happen.”

“Fortunately we’ve never had one happen so it looks like they’re pretty prepared and if I was a real crash victim I’d feel like I’m in good hands,” said Ben Holmberg, an airport employee who was one of the volunteers.

Humphres said the fictional airplane was staged as if it had crashed just short of the runway.  A bus was used in place of an actual plane.

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