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Tallahassee International Airport to hold 'full scale' emergency drill on Thursday

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 17:32:27-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — If you see smoke or fire coming from the Tallahassee International Airport on Thursday, don't be alarmed.

First responders from the area will be conducting aircraft emergency exercises. The scene involves a mock drill of a plane crash.

The full scale drill happens every three years, but is critical for these firefighters. Tallahassee Fire Captain Allen Willis said mock drills like this provide training to respond quickly and efficiently.

"It's to fine tune that skill set that we need to be ready in a moments notice," said Willis, "and it needs to be reactive, that muscle memory. We need to build it in there to provide the best service that we can."

The drill will include fire, smoke, emergency vehicles and volunteers who will act as passengers on an aircraft.

Volunteers are still needed.

To become a volunteer, contact the fire department.