State College Regional Airport to conduct emergency drills | Center County Gazette

Entrance to State College Regional Airport on February 10, 2024

STATE COLLEGE — The State College Regional Airport will conduct a mandatory emergency response drill on Thursday, May 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The exercise is a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration and must be completed once every three years to ensure that the airport and its personnel are prepared to respond effectively to potential emergencies and maintain a high level of safety and preparedness.

Those near the airport may have noticed smoke from a controlled fire that started on Tuesday, May 28. The Penn State University Police and Public Safety Facebook page noted that “community members can expect smoke and/or increased police presence. and the presence of emergency response in the area at this time and no alarm should be raised.”

According to a press release from Penn State News, stage equipment and staff getting ready for Thursday, May 30, will begin that evening around 5:30 p.m. There will be an increase in vehicles, smoke and a controlled fire around the airport at this time.

Local police and fire departments, emergency medical response teams, airport control tower personnel and other university, local, provincial and federal government and community agencies will be involved in the exercise.

During the exercises, a mobile aircraft rescue firefighting unit from the company 139Fire will be on site, providing life fire training opportunities to the on-site aircraft rescue and firefighting crews, as well as personnel from local fire departments.

Although the airport will conduct the emergency training exercises, it will remain open for normal operations.

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