PITTSBURGH – About 500 airport employees, local emergency responders, and volunteers will conduct a full-scale emergency training exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning at 5 p.m. at Pittsburgh International Airport.
The exercise, which is mandated by the FAA every three years, will simulate an aircraft emergency at a gate and may feature the use of smoke. Civilian volunteers will play the role of victims in the scenario and may be observed on the airfield near the end of Concourse B.
The exercise will be closed to the public and media. Signs and messages inside the terminal will be posted to advise of areas impacted by the exercise, and incoming aircraft will be notified that a drill is in progress. The drill is a comprehensive test of Pittsburgh International Airport’s emergency management system.
The exercise is designed to measure readiness, functionality and effectiveness of the airport’s emergency plan through actual mobilization of resources and personnel who would be dispatched in the event of a real airport emergency. Normal airport operations will not be affected by the exercise, and provisions have been made to ensure the ability to respond to an actual emergency should it occur during that time.
About Allegheny County Airport Authority:
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region. Its 2017 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at: https://flypittsburgh.com/ar17.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves nearly 9 million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure has again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.