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Emergency exercise helps response crews be ready in Rome

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Thankfully it was just a drill, but the scene played out at Griffiss International Airport as if it were the real thing.

In the Thursday morning scenario, a disgruntled employee at the airport set fire to a C-5 aircraft and the Crash Rescue Team along with the Rome Fire Department had to deal with a fuel spill, a fire and passenger rescue.

Airport Commissioner Dick Gifford said that since Griffiss is home to many "wide frame" aircraft, it is important to have emergency plan in place.

"Every few years they like to physically execute the plan," Gifford said. "What the strengths are and see where there could be some improvement. I would argue that if you're someone in need, we try to minimize delays that could cost more loss."

All rescue teams showed up to the scene in a timely manner and an After Action Review will determine how well they did.

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