Emergency training exercise at Minot's airport

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM CDT
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You might have noticed members of law enforcement scrambling around the Magic City.

That's because Minot International Airport conducted their emergency response exercise required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Attention Minot Fire, Community Ambulance, Minot Fire Department, Ward County Deputy, Minot PD, please respond to the area of Railway Avenue, 27th Street, near the Enbridge tanks, for a plane that crashed by the tanks,” is what ran on police scanners at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

It was all hands on deck when the call came in about a plane crashing near the Minot Airport, helping first responders get the experience they need in case a real emergency happens.

“From time to time, we do need to practice these skills and make sure that everybody knows what their job is and that we do the best job should we ever be called on to do this for real,” said Rick Feltner, Minot Airport director.

Dozens of volunteers helped make the exercise seem authentic by portraying real victims and concerned citizens.

“Being able to help someone else practice their responses and situations, I figured why not,” said Justin Brown, volunteer.

Even when I tried to test local law enforcement, they treated me just as they would if this were a real emergency.

“All I can tell you right now is there was a plane crash, unknown amount of injuries at the moment. Local fire department and first responders are taking care of the scene at the moment. That's all we have for now,” said one Highway Patrol officer.

Making sure they're ready to answer the call.

The FAA requires all airports to conduct an emergency training exercise every three years.

The size of the exercise depends on the size of the airport.

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