Disaster drill planned at CIRA this weekend

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — People in and around Central Illinois Regional Airport can expect a bit of chaos this weekend.

On Saturday, the CIRA runway will be occupied by a burning airplane as hospital staff, airport personnel and other aid agencies rush to help those inside.

But no need to be alarmed, the plane won’t actually be on fire and the crews will be saving airports staff. Every three years CIRA has an emergency drill where they simulate the worst case scenario for an aircraft.

They do this to test agency response times, to make sure if this situation ever occurred crews would be prepared.

Leaders say the drill will include representatives from over 26 emergency response agencies, health and welfare organizations and private businesses.

“It’s important to practice for something we hope we never have to use,” Fran Strebing, Deputy Director of Marketing at CIRA. “There are always lessons learned at each event, and that is truly the reason for doing it, is to learn how we can improve and see how we can do better.”

The drill will take place this Saturday from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. CIRA staff say despite the event operations are expected to continue without interruptions.

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