Prescott airport trains for worst nightmare

Prescott Fire Department’s Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle responds to a reported aircraft crash as the Prescott Airport held a mass casualty drill Thursday morning. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Prescott Fire Department’s Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle responds to a reported aircraft crash as the Prescott Airport held a mass casualty drill Thursday morning. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Prescott Airport officials held a mass casualty drill Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 that involved a crashed airliner. Prescott Fire, Central Arizona Fire and Medical, Lifeline Ambulance and Native Air all participated in the drill.

The crash scenario involved extinguishing the fire, that happened within 90 seconds of being called out. Then extrication, assessment and treatment of victims from a simulated aircraft fuselage (a bus).

Battalion Chief Ralph Lucas said “the drill was well thought out. The planning and organizing was well executed in advance which gave us a great opportunity to have a realistic exercise. We found it challenging on all levels. We found some areas we did very well and others we can work on in the future,” Lucas added.