BOSTON (CBS) – It’s practice for a disastrous day they hope will never come.
Several agencies came together on a Logan Airport runway Saturday to simulate an aircraft collision and resulting fire, with simulated injuries.READ MORE: Rusted Out Stairs In Dorchester Removed After BU Professor David Jones' Death
“This is very good practice. There’s a lot of collaboration between various agencies in the city and Massport. It allows us to really put a real world on it. It’s not a power point presentation. They actually get to touch patients, they see them, they pseudo-treat them,” said Boston emergency responder Joseph O’Hare.
These drills are required. It is impossible to simulate everything 100 percent, but hopefully if a terrible event does happen, everyone will be just a bit more ready.READ MORE: Missing Woman Dolly Thapa Found Safe
“It’s tough to simulate a natural disaster, of course, so the best we can do is practice, practice, practice,” said MassPort Fire Chief Joseph DeGrace. “What we do here is a hundred gallons of fuel, real life is upwards to 15,000-plus gallons of fuel.”
Three hundred volunteers also took part, many of them acting as victims with injuries. It was an inside look at how a disaster response works.
“There’s an incredible number of different first responders here, which is really cool to see how they all interact. Interesting scenario,” said drill volunteer Chris Vandeven.MORE NEWS: Baker, Sununu Join Other Republican Governors In Demanding Border Security Meeting With Biden
These drills are mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration.