This is only a test

By on Thursday, May 12th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – First responders from multiple agencies will be participating today (Thursday) in a full-scale mass casualty incident exercise starting at 6 p.m. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. The scenario will involve approximately 40 volunteer actors with simulated injuries.

The exercise will be conducted in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements. The Walla Walla Regional Airport maintains an emergency plan outlining response procedures and agencies that must effectively respond to and manage emergency situations that occur on airport property. Federal law requires that this plan be tested via a simulated incident every three years.

Walla Walla County Emergency Management Director Liz Jessee asked the public to stay away from the mass casualty incident exercise scene perimeter and first responder vehicles. Local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the exercise to assist with perimeter security. Providence St. Mary Medical Center personnel will also play a role in the drill.