Paine Field – Snohomish County Airport to conduct full-scale emergency drill

EVERETT, Wash., May 10, 2022 – Paine Field – Snohomish County Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency drill on Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon.

WHAT: FAA-required full-scale airport emergency drill

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Paine Field Fire Department, 10630 36th Pl W., Everett

The exercise will simulate an actual aircraft accident and will involve the coordination of various agencies, including Airport staff and firefighters, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Airport unit,  Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, local area hospitals, mutual aid units from Everett Fire, Mukilteo Fire, South Snohomish Fire, and Snohomish Regional Fire; ambulances from AMR and Northwest Ambulance, SNO911 dispatch center, Alaska Airlines, Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross, Granite Falls High School drama program, and various federal agencies.

To achieve a high level of realism, the emergency drill will include the use of smoke around the Airport’s Boeing 727 training aircraft. Many emergency vehicles, including fire trucks and ambulances, will also be visible in the vicinity of the exercise area, along with volunteers wearing makeup to simulate injuries.

No operational delays or impact to the traveling public are expected.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations mandate airports with commercial service to conduct full-scale emergency drills every three years, with annual tabletop exercises in the off years. This drill will be slightly reduced in scope from previous years due to COVID-19 protocols.

About Paine Field

Paine Field is a unique airport, driving the economy of the region, having the newest commercial airport terminal in Washington state, and serving as home to over 550 aircraft, including small, single engine recreational aircraft, corporate jets, vintage warbirds, and brand-new Boeing aircraft. Paine Field’s privately-owned commercial air terminal services a dozen western destinations. Located about 30 miles north of downtown Seattle, the airport offers high quality aviation facilities, including an FAA tower, Cat 1 ILS, Part 139 certification, FBO services and good access to Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond.

The airport’s economic impact is estimated at over 158,000 jobs (over 46,000 direct) and an output of almost $60 billion annually.

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