This is just a test: Burke Lakefront Airport to hold emergency disaster drill

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CLEVELAND –  There will be sirens, injured people, first responders and a huge fire at Burke Lakefront Airport Saturday, August 6. But DON’T WORRY, it’s all planned.

Burke will be conducting a triennial full-scale, mass-casualty drill beginning at 9 a.m. The drill is designed to test the Cleveland Airport System’s emergency response protocol as well as the response procedures of all of the airport’s emergency response partners.

The drill comes complete with a live fire simulator, which will be seen on the ramp just east of the control tower. The drill will test to see if Burke’s on site fire department can put the flames out within three minutes of an initial “aircraft accident” call.

In addition, there will be 120 “victims” at the airport as part of the exercise. A number of them will actually be taken to local hospitals for additional emergency protocol testing.

This type of drill is held every three years and is required by the FAA.

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