Baton Rouge Metro Airport to Hold Mock Disaster Drill Thursday
Dec 5, 2020
Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) will hold its Triannual Mock Disaster Drill on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10am to 12pm. The drill is required once every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for commercial airports.
The Mock Disaster Drill is an emergency response exercise to test the Airport Emergency Plan in accordance with FAA requirements, and to improve emergency preparedness in the event of an actual aircraft incident. All mutual aid agencies responsible for first response and treatment of patients will participate, allowing the airport to complete a comprehensive test of the system.
The drill will not affect commercial flights, and will take place in an area separate from flight operations. The public may see increased activity with emergency vehicles coming to and from the airport during the drill.
The drill will comply with the governor’s group-size limitations.
The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is served by the major, network airlines – American, Delta and United – with hub flights that provide access to destinations worldwide. The Airport is the second largest in Louisiana by passenger volume. While the airport is a major economic generator for the Baton Rouge area, it is administered as an Enterprise Fund, generating its own revenues for operations as opposed to receiving local tax funds. BTR generates $1.1 billion in annual economic output and provides over 4500 direct and indirect jobs.