Friday, August 16, 2013

Emergency Training Exercise at Jamestown Regional Airport (KJMS), North Dakota

JAMESTOWN - Local emergency response agencies will participate in a full scale training exercise at Jamestown Regional Airport on Monday, August 19th. The exercise is designed to test the airport's emergency operations plan and resource capabilities as well as the response capabilities of local response agencies in the event of an aviation-related accident.

Local emergency response agencies will respond and volunteers pretending to be victims will be treated for fake injuries. Some of the victims will be transported via ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center where a secondary emergency exercise will also be taking place. The event will not be real; however, the simulated response will be as realistic as possible.

The exercise will start at about 6:30 p.m. Monday evening and will take place mainly on Airport property. Emergency response vehicles utilized during the exercise will be pre-staged at the Jamestown High School parking lot. Response agencies will be responding with lights and possibly sirens. All normal traffic rules will be followed during this exercise.

For safety reasons and to avoid traffic congestion, law enforcement officials will be restricting airport access to only emergency response vehicles and personnel as well as those having a specific need to be on airport property. Airport access restrictions will be in place for the length of the exercise which is scheduled to end at about 8:30 p.m.

Those organizations participating in the training exercise include: Jamestown Regional Airport, Great Lakes Airlines, Jamestown Police Department, Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, ND Highway Patrol, Jamestown Fire Department, Jamestown Rural Fire Department, Jamestown Area Ambulance, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Central Valley Health District, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Stutsman County Communications, and Stutsman County Emergency Management.

-information provided by Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County Emergency Mgr.