May 29, 2014 – Broken Wing Full Scale Exercise

Northern Nevada VOAD will be participating in the Reno/Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) triennial Broken Wing full-scale exercise on May 29, 2014.

Background on Broken Wing

Broken Wing is a full-scale, multiagency aircraft disaster exercise that is held every three years in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. This emergency drill, taking place at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, practices coordinated response by medical, fire, and law enforcement, with additional participation from local, regional and statewide disaster response agencies. The exercise will test emergency plans and procedures while focusing on the communication framework and the interagency coordination abilities of the participants.

RTAA is the organizer and lead agency for the exercise, and support is generously provided by the Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Washoe County Health District, REMSA, Renown Medical Center, the Reno Police and Reno Fire Departments, as well as approximately 40 other response and public safety agencies.

All airports nationally must conduct a full-scale emergency exercise at a minimum of once every three years. The exercise typically involves a simulated aircraft accident of a commercial airliner or charter plane, and tests the response procedures and equipment readiness of fire-rescue units, EMS, and other emergency personnel that would respond to an actual mass-casualty incident.  An after action briefing, as well as controller evaluations, will help RTAA determine the effectiveness of its emergency response procedures and implement changes or enhancements, if necessary.

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