Dothan Airport hosts emergency drill

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Dothan Regional Airport may look like the scene of an emergency Thursday, but don't worry - it's a special training exercise.

Federal, state and local agencies will experience different types of threats to help with their training.

The drill will start at 11 am and last until 5 pm.

There will be an extra law enforcement presence on and around the airport.

This is a complex exercise that has three different phases.

The first phase will involve a simulated security threat.

The second phase gives law enforcement a chance to respond to a simulated terrorist threat.

The third phase centers around a simulated aircraft crash.

Dothan Fire Marshall, Chris Etherridge explains how important this exercise is to everyone involved.
"So that when it happens on the Ross Clark Circle or if we have an evacuation at a local business due to hazardous material type of event, we've tested each of those elements and were able to modify those and make sure that they're well-executed when the real event happens."

The airport will remain open with regular schedules and flights during the drill.



 
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