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Posted on: February 14, 2019


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The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport conducted its full-scale disaster drill on Thursday with a success response outcome. The drill included 14 volunteer victims and four contained fires from a mock airplane collision on the west end of the airport’s runway near Aviation Boulevard.

“The drill was a great training opportunity for the airport and responding agencies,” said Monroe County Assistant Director of Airports TJ Henderson. “It was a successful drill that proved the fire and medical response time are effective.”

Marathon Fire Rescue was the primary response on the scene and evaluated the volunteer victims, who were wearing prosthetic wounds and covered in fake blood. Of the volunteers in the scenario, 11 victims were taken to Fishermen’s Community Hospital, two had serious injuries needing Trauma Star evacuation, and one was deceased upon arrival.

The disaster drill included airport staff, Marathon Fire Rescue, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Fire Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol, Key West Police Department, and numerous other local and federal partners to prepare for any future airport emergencies.

The exercise is required at each airport by the Federal Aviation Administration and takes place once every three years. The next triennial full-scale drill will be at Key West International Airport in February 2020.

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