SEATTLE - Emergency responders are preparing for a plane crash with mass casualties at the south end of Boeing Field.
The drills involve using the fuselage of a jet to simulate a crash and emergency response for a large number of victims.
These practice scenarios help prepare firefighters, police officers, and paramedics for an actual plane crash by creating a realistic environment with a large number of patients.
While emergency responders deal with patients daily, mass casualty situations are relatively rare and have different medical protocols. Aircraft or bus crashes and hazardous material leaks are examples of mass casualty situations.
The drill also helps the King County International Airport meet FAA requirements for its Airport Emergency Plan.
Over the course of the 12 sessions approximately 400 people will participate in the drill from Oct. 28 through Nov. 8.