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Morgantown First Responders Participate in Disaster Response Drills

 
 

The training exercise is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test the airport’s emergency plan, Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravasos said.

Several local emergency responders, including Morgantown Fire Department (MFD), Mon Health EMS, Morgantown Police Department (MPD), TSA, Monongalia County Health Department and MECCA participated. Airport maintenance workers are also trained to fight fires and are the first on the scene of any airport emergency, Caravasos said. He said he’d eventually like to see a full  time city fire department  at the airport.

He said the exercise is a great opportunity for different agencies that normally don’t work together to practice handling a real emergency.

WVU Fire Extension Service provided liquid propane fueled aircraft simulators, a helicopter and small passenger plane, which enhanced the training, Caravasos said.

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