Flames and Shrapnel at Springfield-Branson National Airport? It’s Only a Drill


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield-Branson National Airport held its tri-annual disaster drill.

It’s a live drill where firefighters and emergency response teams from around the area respond to the scene of a simulated crash.
Kolr10 Photojournalist Eric Voss got to see local response teams sharpen their skills at the drill this evening.

“The scenario is an aircraft accident so we are going to do a simulated plane crash and in that process we’ve got a lot of our partner agencies out here a lot of first responder agencies and they are going to respond to how they would normally respond based on their processes and plans and their procedures to an incident to this magnitude,” Larry Woods, Director of the Office of Emergency, said.

“We have probably 150 personnel involved that are actively working here at this site today,” Woods said. “Actors, first responders and agencies staff to be able to pull an event of this magnitude off. It’s very complex.”

“I think the community as a whole benefits,” Woods said. “Not only does the people benefit from the standpoint of knowing that the planning processes that we have in place are ready to go whenever the community needs them but also the first responders and our partner agencies benefit because they have the added luxury of being able to test these plans in a simulated environment well before the actual event would happen.”

Woods said the goal for the day is to make sure all of the plans work as they designed them to.

“If they don’t then we are going to go back and refine those plans and update those plans to meet the lessons that we learned from today,” Woods said.

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