Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 25, 2013

Emergency responders practice airport disaster

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Certain dangers, such as a fire, are obvious, but emergency responders who are unaccustomed to being at the scene of a plane crash aren’t as likely to think about how they should not park near an aircraft or that the white smoke probably contains cyanide created from burning seat cushions and the black smoke likely has invisible-to-the-naked-eye carbon fibers that can have them coughing up blood within hours.

Prior knowledge of information like that could save their lives, and others’ by extension, and that was just part of why John Cox, frontline manager with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Office in Louisville, was in Glasgow on Friday.

The board of directors of the Glasgow Municipal Airport had invited local agencies and organizations expected to have a role in the response of a crash with numerous casualties and other such considerations to participate in a simulated emergency exercise at the South Central Bank Operations Center. Among those represented were airport board and staff; Glasgow police, fire, communication and public works departments; T.J. Samson Community Hospital; Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Service; Barren County coroner’s office; Kentucky State Police; Barren County, Metcalfe County and regional emergency management offices; and the Glasgow mayor and Barren County judge-executive attended.

“We’re not here to teach you how to do your duties,” Cox told the audience. “You guys are professionals.”

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