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Hartsfield-Jackson tests its emergency response
11 April ,2012

News Release
April 3, 2012

Contact: Katena Carvajales
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Hartsfield-Jackson tests its emergency response

‘Big Bird’ simulation creates complex scenario

ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s emergency responders tested their emergency preparedness today in a drill dubbed, Big Bird.

“The safety and security of our customers is the Airport’s top priority and we conduct drills every year to ensure our emergency preparedness,” said Louis Miller, Aviation General Manager. “Big Bird is a large-scale drill that allows the Airport’s emergency responders, staff and other agencies an opportunity to practice and evaluate their responses to an emergency situation.”

Organizers devised a highly complex scenario in order to create as many challenges as possible. Complications include an aircraft fire, injuries and crowd control. About 100 volunteers portrayed survivors and victims, while firefighters, law enforcement and rescue personnel worked at the scene. Airport officials communicated with other agencies and the media.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to conduct emergency-preparedness drills at least once every three years. Several years ago Hartsfield-Jackson officials named the drill “Big Bird” as a casual reference to aircraft.


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