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First Responders Drilled at Tri-Cities Airport

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PASCO, Wash. -First responders throughout the Mid Columbia are evaluating how they did at Tuesday's drill at the Tri-Cities Airport.

Firefighters, police, doctors and nurses, and other emergency workers took part in the exercise, a mock airplane crash.

Students from Pasco and Chiawana High Schools played the roles of the injured passengers as first responders rushed to the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires the Tri-Cities Airport hold this drill every three years. Buck Taft, airport deputy director, says the different agencies have gotten better at working together because of the exercise.

"A lot of that has to do with the local community and everybody getting on the same page," Taft says. "Hospitals, firefighters, law enforcement, all first responders and support services have really come together when it comes to mass casualty and emergency exercises."

The airport will put together a report card, grading first responders on what they did right, and in what areas they could improve.

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