Hattiesburg-Laurel airport conduct emergency response time drill

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport conducted its triennial emergency response exercise Tuesday.

The exercise included a simulated aircraft accident that tested the skills of Airport personnel and local first responders.

Executive Director Tom Heanue said, "Our main goal here is to mainly make sure that our line of communication, the units, and the people we rely on are available to come to us to help bring aid."

During the exercise Jones County Junior College (JCJC) and William Carey University students participated and played plane crash victims.

One student said its good practice in the event of a real disaster. JCJC student Eli Duran said, "You want everything to run like a well oiled machine"

Duran added, "So that when it does happy organizations are able to communicate and work with one another."

Heanue also said the drill is a time for emergency modification. Jones County Emergency Management Marda Tullos said she spoke with county officials regarding an ambulance bus.

"We need resources that are needed, I already asked for an am-bus" said Tullos.

There were 28 other organizations including first responders and law enforcement officials that were involved with the mock plane crash drill.

The exercise is the 14th in the Airport’s history and is required by the FAA, in order for the Airport to retain its operating certificate.

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