Disaster Drill Trains Emergency Personnel for ‘Airplane Scenario’ at Worcester (MA) Regional Airport

Telegram & Gazette


WORCESTER — It was only a drill.

Emergency vehicles headed to training at Worcester Regional Airport Wednesday for a public safety drill from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The event was an “emergency exercise,” according to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), with emergency crews responding to an “airport scenario.”

Mannequins, standing in as victims of a simulated airplane crash, were triaged during the drill and an excavator was used to simulate an aircraft that slid off of the runway. The Worcester Fire Department, Leicester and Paxton fire departments, Worcester EMS, the Massport Fire Department, and the Massachusetts State Police participated in the disaster drill.

A technical rescue team from the Worcester Fire Department also performed a high-angle rescue of a critically injured patient during the training.

The airport remained open during the training exercise and there were no expected impacts on flights.

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