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Tri-Cities Airport Practices Responding To A Major Runway Crash

PASCO, Wash. - The goal is to practice saving as many lives as possible.

"We want to make sure our emergency plan, as it is written, matches what we do in a real situation," said Ron Foraker, Assistant Airport Manager, Port of Pasco. 

Friday, about 20 different emergency agencies practiced responding to an airplane crash on the runway at the Tri-Cities Airport.  In the training scenario, responders had to sort out 150 passengers who either suffered minor injuries or who needed immediate care.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires this type of training every three years. But fire fighters who helped on scene said, requirement or not, it's something they need to know how to do.

"You may have an airplane that's on it's way somewhere that has to land here and could possibly crash and so we have to be geared up and be ready to handle the worst possible situation we could think of," said John Fifer, Assistant Fire Chief, Pasco Fire Dept.   

Responding agencies will meet next week to assess how well they did. But organizers initial reaction is our responders did pretty well.

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