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AVL Public Safety Conducts Training Exercise

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) will conduct a full-scale safety training exercise May 10 on the airport campus.

The training is part of an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP), which is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and serves to train a number of emergency services departments for disaster response at AVL, from planning and communication to response and triage.

"Our first priority is passenger safety, and the purpose of this practice is to continue our training and to work with our mutual aid partners from both Henderson and Buncombe Counties," said Public Safety Chief Jeff Augram.

The exercise, which is conducted once every three years, affords Mission, Pardee, and Park Ridge Hospitals an opportunity to exercise their plans and includes fire, EMS, and law enforcement, and personnel from the Asheville Regional Airport, Henderson County, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.