200 Participate in Airplane Crash Exercise in Polk County

BARTOW, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2013) – Polk County Fire Rescue participated in an exercise sponsored by Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Emergency Management. The full-scale exercise at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport involved more than 200 volunteers and personnel.

The scenario involved a commercial plane that crashed upon landing, allowing Polk County Fire Rescue to test its mass casualty and mass fatality response. It also exercised the airports emergency response plan, a tri-annual requirement for certification by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

Several additional agencies were involved including Lakeland Police Department, Polk County Health Department, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Central Florida Regional Planning Council, private ambulance companies and students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy who played the victims.

For more information on Polk County Fire Rescue visit, www.polkfire.net.

About Polk County Fire Rescue
Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) is a division of the Board of County Commissioners. PCFR provides fire, emergency medical and emergency management services to residents in a 2000-square-mile area, as well as provides mutual aid to surrounding counties. PCFR has more than 600 full-time employees throughout 45 stations, which run more than 80,000 calls each year.