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Fort Wayne International Airport to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Drill Saturday, May 19

Fort Wayne International Airport to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Drill Saturday, May 19

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) will be conducting a full-scale emergency preparedness drill at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.

The Airport Authority and its mutual aid partners advise members of the public that emergency vehicles and other equipment will be staging a simulation of an aircraft accident and will not be associated with an actual emergency situation. The Airport Authority’s public safety department developed a practice scenario in which two aircraft have collided on the airfield. The runway which will be used will already be closed for construction.  Parkview Regional Medical Center will also be including a decontamination component as part of the exercise. Decontamination will take place near the hospital’s emergency department entrance. Hospital patients and guests will be made aware of the exercise and should not be alarmed.   

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations mandate airports to conduct full-scale mock emergency exercises every three years, along with annual tabletop exercises with all mutual aid or supporting agencies. The exercises test the effectiveness of airport emergency response plans and procedures of the airport in conjunction with federal, state, local, and community agencies.

Members of the media are asked to report to the Fort Wayne Aero Center (Conference Room F135) located at 4401 Altitude Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 between 9:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. The signal of a crash will begin at 10:00 a.m. Members of the media will be escorted by FWACAA employees onto the airfield, near the crash site, around 9:30 a.m. to capture images and video. Members of the media who arrive after 9:30 a.m. will not be given access to the crash site.

A special thanks to our mutual aid partners:

  • Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD)
  • Southwest Allen County Fire District (SWACFD)
  • Poe Fire Department/ EMS
  • Aboite Fire Department/ EMS
  • Washington Township Fire/EMS
  • Huntertown Fire Department/EMS
  • Woodburn Fire Department/EMS
  • New Haven Fire Department/EMS
  • Three Rivers Ambulance Authority
  • Paramedics Plus
  • Consolidated Communication Partnership (CCP)
  • 122nd Fire Department
  • American Red Cross
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools Transportation
  • Fort Wayne Community School Anthis Career Center
  • Lutheran Health Network / St. Joe Hospital
  • Parkview Hospital
  • Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD)
  • Indiana State Police
  • Allen County Sheriff’s Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Delta Global
  • Saint Francis Medical Program
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Medical Program
  • Allen County Homeland Security (Evaluator)
  • Indianapolis Airport (4 Evaluators)
  • Lexington Airport (Evaluators)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Tower

About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. In 2018, FWA served 757,519 passengers –the ninth year of consecutive growth. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit

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