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Ga. first responders test skills at airport MCI drill

First responders trained in triage and other skills at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport


An EMS is assisting a fake victim during a full-scale disaster drill at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with Atlanta Firefighters, law enforcement, rescue personnel, and nearly 70 volunteers who participated in a triennial exercise known as “Big Bird” on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

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By Kelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday held a major emergency response simulation that’s aimed at preparing for an aviation disaster.

The exercise, known as “Big Bird,” is mandated every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration to review and improve the airport’s ability to respond to large emergencies.

This year’s drill held at the airport’s fire training center was designed to simulate an aircraft fire. It tests the triage abilities of emergency responders from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, Atlanta Police Department and others.

Volunteers pose as victims in the simulated disaster, wearing makeup that appears to be injuries.

Because the exercise uses real equipment and personnel, it gives “invaluable experience” to the first responders involved, according to the airport.

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