Simulated emergency training underway at Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Residents may see smoke, but it's only a simulation

FRESNO, California - A scheduled full-scale emergency simulation is set to happen at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Wednesday.

The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., airport officials said.

"The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the airport to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three years," airport officials said in a statement. "The exercise is a training opportunity for Fresno Yosemite International Airport and airline partners, Fresno Fire Department, medical response personnel and other mutual aid partners and volunteers."

A large-scale, multi-agency response to an aircraft incident will be simulated on the airport’s airfield, and medical evacuation helicopters will land on the airfield to simulate the transport of volunteers made-up with realistic injuries to local hospitals.

Residents may see smoke, numerous emergency vehicles and personnel, volunteers role-playing injuries and/or hear simulated radio communication of an emergency nature.

It is only a training simulation.

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