First responders train in airport mock disaster drill

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Law enforcement and first responders had to test their skills on handling a major plane crash at the Monroe Regional Airport.
 
Multi-agencies teamed up and made sure they were on the same page to tackle emergencies. 
 
Antonio Smith, with the Monroe Fire Department, said, “It’s important that we train and be prepared so in the event that a plane crash should take place here at the airport,  or around the airport. It just keeps our  responders fresh and more prepared for the situation.”
 
The fire department would take the lead in disaster situations, such as a plane crash, and the police department is their support.
 
Sgt. Chuck Johnson, with Monroe Police Department, said, “The Monroe Police provide security, bomb squad response, and anything else our resources would apply.”
 
All hands were on deck for this drill. Airport employees and paramedic students from Louisiana Delta Community College played the crash victims.
 
Multi-agencies, across town, came together and prepped because it will be a group effort to handle a disaster.
 
“Law enforcement side of it, we have a good working relationship with all the local police agencies. I can tell you ULM will send some of their officers. West Monroe will send their officers, Ouachita will send their officers, and wherever else we can find them,” said Sgt. Johnson.
 
Those good working relationships and preparation help them tackle the unforeseeable future.
 
 

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