Press Release Article


Date: Apr 19, 2017
Press Release Number: 68-2017

Exercise will have no impact on flight operations, but airline passengers and motorists may notice smoke and emergency vehicles in and around the airport

The Port Authority is advising aviation passengers and motorists that a full-scale emergency response exercise will be held at John F. Kennedy International Airport from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. The exercise will not delay flight operations, but travelers in and around the airport may notice simulated smoke and numerous emergency vehicles around the airport.

Saturday's exercise will test the airport's emergency plan for mutual aid response, and will allow John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Aircraft and Rescue Firefighting Unit and local emergency organizations to train together and validate response procedures.

The exercise will include members of the Port Authority Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Aviation Administration, the New York City police and fire departments, New York State Police, National Guard, Transportation Security Administration, American Red Cross and other emergency responders.

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