Saturday, December 16 , 2017, 7:55 am | Haze Smoke 55º


Santa Barbara Airport to Hold Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

A full-scale disaster exercise of the Santa Barbara Airport Emergency Plan will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The purpose of the exercise is for local emergency organizations to gain practice and preparedness for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster.

Agencies participating in this year’s drill include:

» City of Santa Barbara — Airport Department
» City of Santa Barbara — Police and Fire Departments and Office of Emergency Services
» Santa Barbara County — Fire, Sheriff, Coroner’s and Office of Emergency Management
» Santa Barbara County — Public Health Department
» Federal Aviation Administration
» Federal Bureau of Investigation 
» Transportation Security Administration
» American Medical Response
» American Red Cross
» American Eagle Airlines
» Signature Flight Support
» UCSB – Campus Police, Transportation, and Office of Emergency Services
» Santa Barbara City College — EMT students medical emergency role-playing volunteers
» Metropolitan Transit District — Loan of bus to simulate a commercial aircraft
» Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
» Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

Please note that the mock scenario for this exercise will involve a certain amount of smoke from the airfield area northwest of the main runway. The smoke may be seen by those traveling on Hollister Avenue between Aero Camino and Los Carneros Road. The live exercise will be conducted in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

The Santa Barbara Airport maintains an emergency plan outlining response procedures and agencies that must effectively respond to and manage emergency situations that occur on Airport property. Federal law requires that this plan be tested via a simulated incident every three years.

— Tracy Lincoln is the operations manager for the Santa Barbara Airport.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >