Emergency responders take part in mock plane crash training

By Donald Robinson | donald.robinson@wearegreenbay.com

Published 08/16 2014 08:15PM

Updated 08/16 2014 08:47PM

APPLETON< Wis. (WFRV)--What would you do if a plane crashed?

That's the question being asked to workers at the Outagamie County Regional Airport.

Workers learned just that at Saturday's simulated disaster training.

"Kelly Bowers, a Volunteer, told Local 5's Donald Robinson, "There is patients everywhere. Some of us were a lot more wounded then others."

Here's the scenario: A plane with 53 passengers crashed at the Outagamie County Regional Airport.

"I was flying back from Atlanta to Appleton. 32 weeks pregnant and the plane crashed and made me go into labor," said Bowers of her character.

Bowers is one of more than 100 volunteers taking part in a simulated disaster at the airport.

Firefighters, first responders, hospitals, law enforcement and helicopter services are some of the many agencies that took part in the emergency exercise.

"ThedaStar transported a plastic cutout to the hospital and I think they just came back and got another patient," said Bower.

Outagamie County Regional Airport official, Abe Weber said, "We exercise our emergency plan in this simulated fashion once every three years."

The exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

It's a way to test those involved and work on a plan that will help save lives and work as teams.

"Safety is out goal here at the Outagamie Airport so we want to endure we can exercise in a real world situation to ensure that we are prepared as we can be," said Weber.

"it helps me have a really great feel of protection," said Bower.

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