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Emergency scenario exercise at Lewiston-Nez Perce Co. Regional Airport

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Planning for the unthinkable, that’s what brought several local agencies together today. The exercise at Lewiston’s airport was not a test, but a learning experience.

The table-top exercise at Lewiston’s regional airport may look like child’s play, but this small-scale demonstration signifies a large-scale disaster.

Area law enforcement, fire and EMS, and other agencies gathered for a simulation of a mass-casualty disaster at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport.

The scenario laid out for participants…dense fog causes two planes to crash on the airport’s runway.

The airport does this type of exercise every year as part of their certification, but it also gives them an opportunity to coordinate with the same agencies they would in case a real incident took place.

Stephanie Morgan, Manager, Lewiston-Nez Perce Co. Regional Airport said, "It's important for the airport to open its doors and communicate with the agencies, that way we're all on the same page. If there were any kind of issue or accident that happened at the airport, then we would definitely want to make sure all the pertinent agencies are notified and can help."

The exercise also gave non-emergency agencies like Avista and the Lewis-Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce a chance to see what roles they would play in this type of situation.

These round-table exercises are done yearly, and the airport does a live exercise every three years.

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