SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

March 29, 2007 17:06 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: LA/Ontario International Airport to Practice Emergency Response in Full-Scale Air Exercise

ONTARIO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2007 --

WHAT: Air Exercise (AIREX) 2007 is an unrehearsed, full-scale aircraft
      incident drill designed to test LA/Ontario International Airport's
      (ONT) Emergency Plan.  This exercise is required under Federal
      Aviation Administration regulations to be conducted at least once
      every three years to evaluate the operational capability of the
      airport's emergency management system in a real-time, stress
      environment.

WHO:  Approximately 100 participants from the LA/Ontario International
      Airport Rescue and Firefighting Department; ONT Airfield Operations;
      ONT Airport Police; Ontario City Fire Department; federal aviation
      and law enforcement agencies; American Red Cross; local area hospital
      emergency rooms, medical units, and ambulance services; other
      mutual-aid organizations; Southwest Airlines emergency response
      teams; and Los Angeles World Airports divisions including
      construction and maintenance, public relations, ground
      transportation, and risk management. Over 50 volunteers will play
      the role of injured "victims."  Additionally, representatives from
      the airport-wide community, and from other airports, are expected to
      observe the full-scale exercise.

WHEN:   Wednesday, April 4, 2007
        Media briefing at 9:15 a.m. at Terminal 1 lobby.
        Air exercise simulation scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
        ONT Airport Operations representative will provide
        real-time explanation of response.

WHERE:  Air exercise site is on restricted airfield on the west side of the
        airport in an area established to simulate an active runway and
        taxiway aircraft movement area.

MEDIA PARKING:  No media vehicles will be allowed to access the restricted
                airfield. Please park all media vehicles in Lot F across
                the street from Terminal 1. Parking will be validated.

VISUALS:   1. Firefighting units, ambulances, airport operations and
              law enforcement vehicles respond to scene.

           2. Over 50 "victims" in make-up will role-play injuries,
              including fatalities.

           3. Medical triage on scene.

           4. Injured dispatched by ambulance and helicopter.

           5. Airline assistance to family and friends, as well as
              grief counseling.

MEDIA:  Due to airfield security restrictions all media MUST check-in and
        wear special identification tags while on the tarmac area.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  Media credentials will be honored.

          Media must be escorted INTO the incident site during the
          emergency response in order to view activities close-up
          at the Incident Command Post, patient triage, medical
          evacuation by ambulance and helicopter, airline's family
          assistance, and other areas that may develop during the
          course of the exercise.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    ONT Public and Community Relations
    (909) 975-5360