First responders prepare for the worst

Pinellas County, FL -- First responders prepare for the worst case scenario by walking through simulations.

A plane set to depart explodes before taking off. This did not really happen but what if it did?

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport wants to be ready if faced with the threat of a bomb.

"It's a year's worth of planning that we try to develop the scenario," said Deputy Director Tom Jewsbury. "It's usually our airport fire chief that comes up with a scenario, and then we'll work through it to ensure that all the different areas of responsibility are covered."

In this particular simulation some of the passengers -- who are volunteers -- make it out safely, but others are wounded and need medical care. This type of exercise is required of all commercial airports every three years.

While there is no real way to determine the outcome of an emergency situation like this one, Jewsbury explained that being prepared gives first responders a fighting chance.

"We do a lot of training throughout the year, but this allows us to work with the other fire departments and mutual agencies that we rely on to go ahead and exercise that plan, so we all come together," said Jewsbury.


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