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Albany First Responders and hospital join in airport simulated drill

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of first responders rushed to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Thursday, taking part in a controlled disaster drill.

The scenario, in the planning for months, simulated a plane crash with at least 65 people injured or killed.  To make it as realistic as possible, Turner Job Corps students put on make up and acted out the part of victims.

Police, Fire trucks, and ambulances from the city and county responded, and other surrounding emergency services could be called in.

Dougherty County EMS Director Greg Rowe said "We've got two helicopter services that are close by, and if this was real we would have at least four choppers on the way, which would be a big help for this."


First responders say this emergency drill gives them the chance to go onto airport property and work with other emergency services.  Preparing in case the real thing were to happen.

Also involved in this airport disaster drill were South Georgia hospitals.

Phoebe Putney Hospital  had many of the  Turner Job Corps students brought to their emergency room, and simulate their response if there were a mass injury plane crash.  
Phoebe Putney Hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gary Rice said "Which basically means for everybody to start looking for available staff. And if we need to call staff back.  And looking at availability of operating rooms and blood supply and things like that."

Emergency Management heads graded the disaster drill as "excellent" at it's conclusion.  Despite being held in stifling heat, EMA officials say all the first responders worked well together.

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