Bradley International Airport conducts mock disaster drill


Bradley International Airport and emergency officials are preparing for the worst. The civilian and military airport held a mass-casualty drill Saturday, that mimicked a plane crash. 

Airport officials, law enforcement and 25 different emergency response agencies; from the local, state and federal level, all gathered on the airport’s grounds, which was turned into a makeshift disaster zone.

“This may be a regulation, but we also take it further than that. We take it to [on] how we build relationships with our mutual aid responders, in case of any kind of emergency; either on Bradley air grounds or outside,” said James Campbell, Director of Public Safety for the airport that serves both the business and leisure traveler. 

If the situation were a real emergency, the fire chief would be in control. He would direct mutual aid and the airport’s own emergency personnel to the incident. From there, an emergency command center is set up, where management would be called in to access the situation. 

“The primary thing is life safety,” said Bradley Fire, Chief John Duffy. “That’s our primary concern and from there would be incident stabilization and property conservation.”

The helicopter, fire trucks, and emergency crews from several surrounding towns were real, but the approximately 100 volunteers with fake blood and injuries was re-enacted. First responders used real logs to track the drills progress which they will review, with its partners, in November.

Director of Public Safety for Bradley International Airport told 22News, officials have been preparing for this event for five months. 

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