Airport Conducts Emergency Drill

BAY COUNTY-- Local emergency response agencies want to be ready if their services are ever needed at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

That's why an extensive live emergency drill was held at the airport Thursday morning.

Emergency response agencies from Bay County, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Bay County EMS, Gulf Coast State College and others practiced how they would respond in the event of an aircraft emergency.

"It's crucial at the airport obviously we don't have a lot of fire activity here so this kind of training is very important to expose our guys to a live fire situation. The tactics are different the agents we use to fight the fire are different the equipment is different everything," Airport Fire Chief Jerry Swearingen said.

The drill didn't cause any delays to regular arrivals and departures.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to conduct live emergency drills every three years.