Mock Disaster Drill At Melbourne Airport Prepares First Responders
By Space Coast Daily // May 8, 2013
Interagency coordination tested
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Brevard County Fire Rescue participated in a mock disaster drill at the Melbourne Airport today.
In addition to Brevard County Fire Rescue, the drill included representatives from the airport, airlines, local law enforcement, local fire departments and hospitals.
The drill is particularly important in that first responders must be prepared to protect passengers and the public.
Any multi-agency response requires a great deal of planning and coordination. This interagency coordination was tested during the Federal Aviation Administration’s mass casualty exercise. Today’s mock incident involved a fuel spill and fire at the airport as more than 100 passengers boarded an aircraft.
To add to the reality of the drill, more than 100 volunteers from the community played the roles of victims and family members.