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Full-scale disaster drill held at Santa Barbara Airport

Posted at 5:04 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 21:32:30-04

First responders and emergency officials prepared for a major aircraft disaster during a full-scale drill in Santa Barbara.

Dozens of crew members participated in the drill at the Santa Barbara airport to learn what to do in case of an air-related emergency.

The exercises conducted during the drill taught procedures in line with FAA requirements.

It allows local enforcement to learn how to handle dangerous situations on a larger scale.

"To set up a incident like this for a real life scenario, getting victims transported, and treated immediately you know there's a golden hour," says Santa Barbara City Fire Department PIO Kevin Corbett, "you want to get victims treated as soon as possible this is a huge coordinated effort and we make every attempt to make it go off seamless."

The Santa Barbara Airport is required to have an emergency plan ready for these situations.

Federal law requires the plan be tested every three years.