ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Law enforcement and first repsonse officials in St. Johns County got a chance to practice what it would be like to respond to an emergency landing Wednesday morning.
"We get to actually have a very realistic scenario, bring everyone together, work together, and walk away knowing what are some things we can do better," says Lt. Jeremy Robshaw with the St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department.
The joint Airport Rescue Drill include the St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, and the county Airport Authority.
First responders faced aircraft crash scenario in which a commercial aircraft carrying 32 passengers and 3 crew memebers crashes. Crews responded and operated as though it's an actual incident and had to deal with smoke, fire, and injured passengers.
They also had to transport some of those who are injured as though the scenario is real. Injuries varied from minor to life-threatening, so crews had to be ready to deal with anything from bumps and bruises to severed limbs. They operated in a triage format, tagging and treating patients based on the severity of their injuries.
Lt. Robshaw says it was also a chance for first responders to try out the county's new radio system, which ties in police, fire, and medical personnell all on one radio channel so everyone is on the same page right from the start.