Drill helps airmen prepare for worst-case scenario leading up to air show

Drill helps airmen prepare for worst-case scenario leading up to air show
EXERCISE: BAFB Firefighters respond to mock crash scene on base as training amps up ahead of the 2019 Defenders of Liberty Airshow

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA (KSLA) - The 2019 Defenders of Liberty Air Show is less than two weeks away, which means airmen on base are preparing for thousands of spectators to join them on the flight line for two-days of family fun.

Hosting an air show though comes with its risk of danger which is why leaders on Barksdale Air Force Base and first responders from agencies off base took park in an emergency drill on Tuesday morning.

Instructors simulated a mock crash as close to real time as possible, which included media briefings.

RAW: Drill prepares airmen for worst-case scenario leading up to air show

While no one ever hopes to respond to this type of call in real life, it’s a way for first responders to better assess their plans in place and how they coordinate with local agencies.

“Today’s (Thursday’s) training is very import,” explained TSgt Perry Bailey, with BAFB’s Wing Inspection Team (WIT), “It lets us know where our downfalls are, what we’re doing great, and what can help better prepare us for anything that could potentially happen.”

The air show is set for May 18 and 19th.

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