Reno-Tahoe International Airport tests emergency response skills

Drill at the Reno-Tahoe Airport
Drill at the Reno-Tahoe Airport
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Updated: 5/29/2014 11:48 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Fire departments out of Reno, Sparks and Truckee Meadows, along with law enforcement agencies, paramedics and the Red Cross are all tested their emergency response skills Thursday.

Officials responded to the 'broken wing' crash simulation around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Over 80 actors played crash victims with 25 showing realistic cuts, broken limbs and other injuries. The FAA requires that the airport perform this drill once every three years and airport spokesperson Brian Kulpin says Reno-Tahoe goes above the requirements.

"You know what, every time we do a drill, we learn, and that's what it's all about, there's no perfection, and media changes. Like, for instance, in this drill we are really implementing social media. We are trying to create a social media plan and platform that will make us even better on how we communicate with the public in a crisis so we learn from every drill that we do and we make it better each time. That's our job as aviation professionals," Kulpin said.

News 4 had a partnership with the Reno-Tahoe International Airport for Thursdays disaster drill. Tune into the evening newscasts to not only see how airport officials handled this situation, but how News 4's newsroom responds to breaking news.
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