Sanford, Fla., March 3, 2000 – In a continuing effort to provide Seminole County with the training and emergency preparedness necessary for an airport disaster, the triennial Community Mass Casualty and Family Assistance Exercise will take place on March 7, 2000.  As a cooperative effort between the Orlando Sanford Airport and Seminole County Fire Chiefs executive Group, more than 20 agencies including hospitals, emergency response agencies, and support groups, will join forces to stage a mock scenario involving an aircraft crash.  This multi-agency emergency response exercise will give effective familiarization of an airport disaster to EMS, fire rescue, law enforcement, local hospitals, the Airport, the news media, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other participating groups.

The drill commences at 1:30 p.m. and demonstrates a flight of 50-100 passengers experiencing flight control problems and subsequently crash landing on the Airport's southwest ramp. At this point in the story the actual drill begins with agencies focusing on triage, emergency medical care, transport to area hospitals, fire fighting, evacuation and reuniting passengers with loved ones at the terminal building.

The media is invited to cover this important event and should meet at the Airport Cargo Centre for viewing.  Please contact Stephanie Weidner or Paula Ritchey at the above numbers or page them at 407-524-5537 and 407-524-1374 respectively, if you plan to attend or have any further questions.