On Wednesday, September 18, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise. The exercise will involve more than 75 different agencies that are part of the airport’s emergency plan. In addition, approximately 80 volunteers will take part in the drill, which is based on a mock aircraft incident.
The exercise will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will run for approximately three hours. The airport will remain open during the drill and there will be no impact to normal airport operations. MHT travelers, local businesses and neighbors should be aware of emergency response vehicles operating around the airport.
According to Airport Director Ted Kitchens, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport conducts an emergency preparedness drill every three years that involves collaboration between the airport, airlines, aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel and mutual aid partners from around New Hampshire.
“The exercise is intended to provide valuable training on how to respond to emergencies at the airport by testing communications and incident command,” says Kitchens. “This test is required for the airport to maintain compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and to maintain our airport operating certificate. We want to thank all of our mutual aid partners, local hospitals and the many volunteers for their participation in this important exercise as their support is vital to test the preparedness of the airport in the event of an actual emergency.”