A full-scale disaster exercise of the Santa Barbara Airport Emergency Plan will take place Wednesday, October 6, between 10 a.m. and noon. The purpose of the exercise is for local emergency organizations to gain practice and preparedness for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster.
The mock scenario for the full-scale exercise will involve a certain amount of smoke, thus vehicle drivers traveling on Hollister Avenue between Aero Camino and Los Carneros may see smoke coming from the airfield area northwest of the main runway.
The live exercise will be conducted in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements. The Santa Barbara Airport maintains an emergency plan outlining response procedures and agencies that must effectively respond to and manage emergency situations that occur on Airport property. Federal law requires that this plan be tested via a simulated incident every three years.
Agencies participating in this year’s drill include:
- City of Santa Barbara Airport, Police and Fire Departments and Office of Emergency Services
- Santa Barbara County Fire, Sheriff, Coroner’s and Office of Emergency Services
- City of Goleta
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Transportation Security Administration
- California Highway Patrol
- American Medical Response
- American Red Cross
- SkyWest Airlines
- American Eagle Airlines
- Mesa Air
- Signature Flight Support
- Atlantic Aviation
- UCSB Campus Police and Medical Response
- Santa Barbara City College – medical emergency role-playing volunteers
- Metropolitan Transit District – loan of bus to simulate a commercial aircraft