Volunteers needed for disaster drill at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport officials say they’re conducting a full-scale disaster drill on October 14th, and they’re looking for volunteers to act as victims.

Airport firefighters in action. Photo provided.

Occasional disaster drills are required by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport’s own fire and rescue squad works with several local emergency responder agencies on the drills.

According to a release, the agencies “will test their emergency plan in an informal, low-stress environment to practice the actions they would take in a particular emergency.”

A “Table Top” exercise was conducted last fall. Photo provided.

Last fall, more than fifty people from over twenty local agencies attended a four-hour “Table Top” disaster exercise, including representatives from Ithaca, Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Freeville, and Varna fire departments; Cornell Police and New York State Police; Bangs Ambulance; American Red Cross; Cayuga Medical Center; and Delta and American Airlines.

Volunteers can contact Airport Fire Chief Josh Nalley at 607-266-2641 by October 8th, leaving a message with name, phone number, and age. Children under 12 should be accompanied by a adult.

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