2020 SRQ Airport Passender Aircraft Disaster Response Exercise Scheduled Today

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SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING TUESDAY FEB 25, 2020

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) will conduct their triennial full-scale emergency disaster drill 'PADRE Operation Jet Lag' today, February 25, 2020, starting at 11:00 am. The drill will involve approximately 250 people. Volunteers will act as aircraft crash victims with various injuries, while airport personnel from the Airport Authority and mutual aid from both Sarasota and Manatee County, as well as participating State and Federal agencies will conduct the tasks related to emergency response situations. The “disaster area” is set on the Air Carrier Ramp, inside the secured area of the airfield/airport. In order to maintain its FAA airport operator certificate, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA) must conduct a full-scale exercise every three years. The drill allows the airport and responding outside agencies to evaluate their emergency response procedures, take any corrective action, and be prepared in case of an actual aircraft emergency.

Agencies participating in the exercise include SRQ’s Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF), Airport Operations, Airport Police, Airport Facilities, the FAA Air Traffic Control, Emergency Response Services from both counties (Fire/EMS), Emergency Management teams from both counties, Manatee and Sarasota Counties’ Sheriff’s Offices, The Sarasota Police Department, the New College Police Department, The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Allegiant Air (who will be providing an aircraft for the event) the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.

For further information contact Lionel A. Guilbert, Manager, Airport Operations at 941-359-2770, extension 4258

Map drawing of PADRE Operation Exercise, courtesy of SRQ Airport

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