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There Will Be A ‘Simulated Aircraft Fire’ At O’Hare On Saturday

If you see a lot of first responders at the airport, don't panic. It's a realistic emergency response exercise required by federal law.

Travelers with their luggage pass through O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 3 on June 30, 2022.
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O’HARE — No need for alarm: Emergency response teams will be at O’Hare Airport Saturday to practice their full-scale response to a potential aviation incident, officials announced.

The “realistic emergency exercise” begins 9:55 a.m. Saturday and involves a simulated aircraft fire, according to a news release from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Volunteers will pose as airplane passengers, with mock injuries using theatrical makeup, according to the news release.

The response will deploy Chicago Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services resources, according to the news release. Other personnel from the Chicago Police Department, the aviation department and “numerous local, state, county and federal agencies” involved in an accident response will be on-hand, according to the news release.

Emergency response exercises at the airport are required every three years by federal law, according to the news release.

The simulation will “test the capabilities, mobilization, communication, and coordination among agencies,” according to the news release.

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