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CNRA works to be ready for the worst-case scenario

The sound of an alarm echoed through Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Tuesday morning as the airport started its disaster drill.
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 7:51 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The sound of an alarm echoed through Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Tuesday morning as the airport started its disaster drill.

Simulated victims lay on the tarmac of the airport waiting for emergency medical professionals to assist them. The drill brought out 20 agencies from the FBI and both the Grand Island Police Department and Grand Island Fire Department.

The American Red Cross was also in attendance observing the exercise. CNRA got a chance to use their own fire trucks which Operations and Security Manager Doug Brown said would be a big help if this make-believe scenario became a reality.

“Operated by one person inside, so you don’t have five or six firemen to operate it,” Brown said. “One person inside operates all the nozzles and everything from the inside. And we can blow foam on the fire, we can blow powder water, it’s 1,500 gallons of water, 200 gallons of foam, and 500 pounds of powder.”

Airport officials said the day’s drill was to help make sure they can respond to emergencies, and so the public can rest easy taking flights in and out of CNRA.

“I think the public can be rest assured that we have the equipment and the personnel and communications to provide a safe running airport,” airport executive director Michael Olson said.

While full practices only happen every three years, airport officials told Local4 News they do have a yearly discussion on how to carry out these operations.

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