Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Major safety training exercise at Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL), North Carolina

ASHEVILLE — Asheville Regional Airport public safety officials will conduct a major safety training exercise Thursday at the airport.

Area fire departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical personnel and hospitals from Buncombe and Henderson counties will take part in the training focusing on disaster response.

The training, which takes place every three years, is required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Our first priority is passenger safety, and the purpose of this practice is to continue our training and to work with our mutual aid partners from both Henderson and Buncombe counties,” said airport Public Safety Chief Jeff Augram.

The training is set for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will not disrupt operations, airport spokeswoman Amy Burritt said. Announcements will be made letting travelers know that emergency activities they may see or hear are training exercises, she said.

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