Action Line: Juneau International Airport to hold disaster drill Saturday

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - A full scale emergency disaster drill is scheduled Saturday at Juneau International Airport.

    Officials discussed the exercise on Action Line Thursday.

    Scott Rinkenberger is the Airport Operations Superintendent.. He says the exercise is set to commence Saturday at 10 a.m.

    "The Juneau International Airport is a federally certified airport, and we're supported by the FAA," Scott explained. "As a part of that certification, every three years, we have a wheels rolling, full scale emergency disaster drill. This is to test, critique, and evaluate our response policies and emergency action plans."

    Capital City Fire Rescue will be involved, according to Assistant Chief Ed Quinto.

    "It's a drill that's supposed to be a surprise, so we're going to treat it like any other day," Quinto announced. "The tone goes out, and hopefully we'll get a lot of response. I've been telling my volunteers and my career staff to just treat it like any other normal day."

    Rinkenberger says they are looking for citizen participation.

    "To add to the realism of the drill, we seek volunteer participants to come down and roleplay as potentially injured passengers, bystanders, family members, etc."

    He also explained how people can sign up.

    "They can just ship an email to volunteer@jnuairport.com. What we'll do is we'll be providing you with the volunteer information, where to report, and what to expect."

    A briefing for volunteers is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at the Wings of Alaska Hangar on Livingston Way across from Fred Meyer..  Volunteers are asked to show up at that same location Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

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