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Shreveport Regional Airport hosts disaster drill

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Shreveport Regional Airport is conducting a full-scale emergency planning exercise simulating an aircraft accident.

The Shreveport Airport Authority and the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness partnered with emergency response providers from Shreveport, Bossier City, Caddo and Bossier parishes and Barksdale Air Force Base for the drill.

The drill simulated a crash involving two aircraft at Shreveport Regional and included area students role playing as accident victims. In order for the exercise to be as realistic as possible, hospitals from throughout Shreveport-Bossier City assisted in caring for accident victims.

The exercise is required once every three years in order for commercial air service airports like Shreveport Regional to maintain Federal Aviation Administration certification. The exercise was evaluated by FAA officials as well as numerous emergency response providers for response times, coordination of the response and other requirements.

"This exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirement for the airport and is an excellent opportunity to test our preparedness and put available life-saving technologies from the many agencies and City Departments involved into use. As First Responders, these partners will come together and work with the Airport in the event of a real time emergency, and we appreciate their readiness to serve and assist," said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Airports.

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