People in the vicinity of the
Brunswick Golden Isles Airport might hear sirens and whistles and see billowing
smoke and emergency vehicles speeding by Wednesday.
There’s no need to be alarmed,
though. The Glynn County Airport Commission has planned the realism as part of a
disaster training drill.
This year’s scenario will be a mock
airplane crash in the northeast corner of the airport grounds, close to
Stambaugh Aviation and about one-half mile from Harry Driggers Boulevard in
northern Glynn County.
The drill, which tests the airport’s
emergency preparedness, is required every three years by the Federal Aviation
Capt. Jay Wiggins, director of the
Glynn County Emergency Management Agency, said the drill helps agencies test
“We act in a supporting role with the
airport commission,” said Wiggins, whose agency would coordinate county fi re,
police and emergency medical services in a real disaster.
Wiggins can call for backup from
other agencies, including city police and fire departments, as well as the
Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
if the need is there.
The drill is designed to allow the
emergency management agency to make sure its disaster plans meet or exceed
federal and state standards, as well as the standards the agency sets for
“It’s an opportunity to meet
face-to-face with other agency personnel,” said Wiggins. “That way, if something
happens, it won’t be the first time we’ve met.”
One of the organizations
participating in Wednesday’s exercise will be Southeast Georgia Health System.
“Our role in the exercise is to
receive, triage and care for any patients that the incident commander at the
scene feels should be seen at our facility,” said Charlie Wolverton, director of
the Safety and Security Department of Southeast Georgia Health System. “This
allows us to test our emergency preparedness.”
In addition to emergency personnel,
there will be more than 80 role players, pretend victims and evaluators at the
Steve Brian, executive director of
the Glynn County Airport Commission, said the majority of the pretend victims
are recruited through the American Red Cross and the Federal Law Enforcement
To avoid frightening travelers at the
airport, organizers will conduct the drill at 1 p.m., when no commercial flight
“We chose that time to avoid any
commercial air traffic,” Brian said, adding the afternoon flight from Atlanta
arrives about 4 p.m. and the return flight leaves around 5 p.m. “People (in the
airport) will notice, but we will have signage to explain what’s going on.”