Airport Holds Emergency Mock Drill

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - What looked like an emergency at the Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA) was in fact a mock drill for area emergency personnel who were taking part in a triennial exercise.

True to its name, the triennial exercise is held every three years to practice real-time emergency response and to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. The staging of a very true-to-life emergency is designed to measure the responses of the highly trained CCIA Public Safety officers as well as Corpus Christi Police and Fire Departments, local hospitals, the American Red Cross and other first responders from the surrounding communities. 

More than a dozen organizations took part in this intense exercise, including high school students who pretended to be injured.

Following the completion of the drill, all emergency personnel will assess the effectiveness and timeliness of their responses which will highlight successful actions as well as identify areas of improvement. The results will ultimately lead to a more effective level of response during an actual emergency incident.