Emergency drills held at BTR Metro airport
BATON ROUGE - Emergency vehicles converged at Baton Rouge Metro Airport early Thursday morning to test their response times to a possible disaster.
The drill included an active shooter simulation, an incident involving a commercial aircraft, and an explosive aboard an aircraft. The full-scale test included minor explosions and sirens on the southwest side of the airfield.
Organizers said the drills are required every three years by the FAA to evaluate response times and test the emergency plans all airports are required to have. The drills must include active shooter and weapons of mass destruction components.
The drills involved airport emergency responders as well as local police and fire units, EMS, East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation and Safety Administration.