Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) will conduct an Emergency Preparedness Exercise Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This required FAA drill is a key component of the Airport’s emergency preparedness program and will be simulating an aircraft crash on the Airport.

The Airport is coordinating with local, State and Federal agencies to take part in this event. This exercise is a valuable way for agencies to coordinate efforts, practice response and recovery and train together in a likely emergency. During the exercise, emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency, including the use of sirens and firefighting equipment.

This exercise is intended to evaluate the operational capability of the Airport emergency management system in a real life environment with actual mobilization and deployment coordination and response capability of Airport and mutual aid responders.

Agencies involved in the drill include: Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport, Rincon Valley Fire, Windsor Fire, Healdsburg Fire, Forestville Fire, Santa Rosa Fire, CAL FIRE, Red Cross, Sonoma County Fire & Emergency Services, Sonoma Life Support, Bells Ambulance, Coastal Valley EMS, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, Reach, REDCOM and Oakland USAR Task Force 4 K-9 teams. Volunteers also act as role players, moulaged to simulate injuries sustained from the incident.

STS holds a large-scale emergency exercise like this every three years to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The exercise will be held in a remote area of the airfield and will not affect commercial Airline operations.

This is an exercise, and is not open to the public. Media wishing to cover the exercise onsite should contact Cyndi Foreman at no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. Media will be given directions to the staging area and may not enter after 9:30 a.m

About Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Located in the heart of Northern California’s world renowned Wine Country, STS is the only airport that offers scheduled air service into the North Bay region. Daily nonstop flights include: Alaska® Airlines to Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle; American Airlines to Phoenix Sky Harbor; Sun Country Airlines® to Minnesota, and United Airlines to San Francisco. All Airlines offer a wide-range of connecting flights to destinations in the continental U.S., Mexico, and beyond.

Offering a hassle-free experience with shorter lines, the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport also features convenient ground transportation, easy and affordable parking, the Alaska Airlines Wine Flies Free program and the on-site Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar.

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