Monday night, the atmosphere at the Hagerstown Regional Airport was nothing short of simulated chaos, as hundreds of people turned out for their disaster drill.
Every three years, almost every first responder in Washington County comes together at the airport to put their emergency plans to the test.
This year, the theme was an airplane crash.
Over 75 volunteers came out and 50 of those were made up with blood, scars, scabs, and other wounds, then laid out on the concrete waiting for ambulances, fire trucks, and even a helicopter to come to their rescue.
Officials with the Hagerstown airport say they use the drill as an opportunity to simulate real world events that have happened or that could happen at an airport.
“This is so that we can test our response capabilities to an aircraft crash or aircraft emergency,” Gene Bolanowski, the Operations and Security Manager of the airport, says, “We’re evaluating that test.”
At the end of the month, or middle of May, the planning team will come up with an After Action Report to make recommendations for any changes to the airport’s emergency plan.