HIA Emergency Drill
Last Night, Saturday September 18th, the Harrisburg International Airport hosted a mock plane accident on the Middletown side of the airport. The drill had a plane into the “pit” area of the airport with fire, rescues and over 60+ patients. Engine, Rescue and Tanker 59 all participated in the drill with 19 FDLS personnel participating. When the drill was started smoke could be seen from station 70 (HIA FD), all Lower Swatara, Middletown and Highspire rigs went enroute to the scene to start different tasks. Station 70 (HIA) and 71 (National Guard) were already operating at the scene. Engine 59’s crew took up suppression which 70 and 71 crews already had the fires under control the crew quickly turned to rescues that included mock fuselages (cars) from an airplane with patients trapped. The Engine crew handled 12 rescues that included three different cars totaling four people per car. Rescue 59 crew took up triage and assisting Engine 59’s crew. Tanker 59 started the tanker shuttles. As crews were operating, 2nd alarm units started to respond that included rigs from Lancaster and York along with LifeLion. The drill totaled a third alarm assignment bringing in over 22 fire apparatus.
All the crews worked extremely well together, making it a very successful drill.
Command: Chief 70 and Captain 70
Engine: 59, 88, 55, 701, 702, 703, 71-1, 54, 49
Rescue: 59, 88, 50, 48, 71, York 69, 46
Truck: 50, 88
Tanker: 59, 54, 47, & Lancaster 7-1
Aero Medical: LifeLion
EMS: University EMS, Northwest EMS, Londonderry EMS & Lancaster units