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Reminder: South King County fire training at airport begins today
South King County Fire Training Consortium begins a series of Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drills today at the south end of the King County International Airport, 7277 Perimeter Road S. Seattle.
The dates of the drill are today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Nov. 8. There will be two drills each day. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
The drills involve using the fuselage of a jet to simulate a crash and emergency response for a large number of victims.
These practice scenarios help prepare firefighters, police officers, and paramedics for an actual plane crash by creating a realistic environment with a large number of "patients." While emergency responders deal with patients daily, MCI situations are relatively rare and have different medical protocols. Aircraft or bus crashes and hazardous material leaks are examples of MCI situations.
The drill also helps the King County International Airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.
Over the course of the 12 sessions, approximately 400 people will participate in the drill.