VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – A large scale training exercise was held Monday afternoon at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
The 910th Airlift Wing carried out a mock aircraft crash. Called “Feel the Heat,” the training event allowed both the military and the American Red Cross to get real-time experience responding to a disaster at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
The drill lasted an hour, followed by a breakdown of events so everyone involved could offer critique.
Crash trucks responded to the burning aircraft.
“Aircraft fuel is rapidly burning. Spreads real quick. You have to be fast and accurate and safe,” 910th Fire Inspector John Taylor instructed the participants.
He said the mock exercise was a way for the 910th and its partners in the community to come together in the event of an emergency.
“The Youngstown Air Reserve firefighters are responsible for responding to any incidents here in the air field,” Taylor said.
Karen Conklin, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Chapter of the Red Cross, said the exercise allowed the agency to showcase what it does every day.
“And we are ready should a disaster occur,” Conklin said.
“Sometimes out here in the base with all the military, we seem to be happy inside the fence. It’s more important for us to be part of the community inside and outside the base,” 910th Commander Col. James Dignan said. “This is an opportunity for us to reach out to the local community. It is better to practice in peace than have to get together and exchange business cards in an emergency.”