University Park

Airport to conduct emergency drill

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Emergency personnel from Penn State and municipalities throughout the Centre Region will participate in a full-scale emergency response exercise at the University Park Airport from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.

The airport will be open and operating under a normal schedule during this drill. Traffic may be heavier than normal, however, so travelers should allow extra time to get to the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct full-scale, on-site exercises of emergency response plans every three years. This exercise will involve local police and fire departments, emergency medical services, the regional HazMat crew and several local government and community agencies, along with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting response crews. The drill will serve as training and recertification exercises for these groups. Centre Region emergency radio dispatchers also will be involved in the exercise.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires full-scale drills every three years. The last one at University Park Airport took place in 2009. Credit: Jill Shockey / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated May 23, 2012