Staff at the Williams Lake Regional Airport will be conducting a live emergency response exercise this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Airport manager Shea De La Mare said the airport is required to test its emergency response procedure every four years, and have planned a simulated crash scenario at the airport. Various agencies will be participating in the exercise, including airport staff, members of the Williams Lake Fire Department, RCMP, and the BC Ambulance Service.
Several local high school students are also volunteering their time to participate as mock victims depicting a range of injuries.
The airport will remain open during the exercise and there will be no operational impact to arriving or departing aircraft.
“We don’t want to unnecessarily frighten residents or travellers that this is a live event,” said De LaMare, noting he hopes everybody spreads the word.