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Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Conduct Full-Scale Triennial Emergency Response Exercise

Apr 15, 2019

Richmond International Airport, VA (April 15, 2019)

Emergency Exercise Facts:

  • As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airports are to conduct full-scale tests of their Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) every three years. Such drills not only test the AEP, but also create a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual incident.
  • Emergency response measures build upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which provides a consistent and scalable template for managing incidents.
  • Accordingly, Richmond International Airport (RIC) will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise this Wednesday, April 17th, starting at approximately 1:00 p.m.
  • Participants may include: RIC Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), RIC Police (RICPD) and other airport staff and management representatives, JetBlue Airways and other airline representatives, Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), Henrico Division of Fire, Henrico Division of Police, Hanover Division of Fire, Chesterfield Fire & EMS Department, Richmond Fire & EMS Department, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the American Red Cross, FAA Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC/FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health (including Medical Examiner’s office), Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond.

Impact during the Drill Period:

  • The airport anticipates no impact to normal operations during the emergency response exercise.
  • Multiple scenarios will test emergency response and coordination during the event.
  • RIC will post signs in the terminal building and broadcast announcements over the public address system in the terminal building to advise airport customers that an emergency response simulation is in progress.
  • Media representatives planning to attend the response exercise should contact Joe Stevens via phone at 804-226-3024 or by e-mail to by 4:00PM Tuesday, April 16th. Instructions and directions to the first response site will be provided.

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About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Now you’re going places with Richmond International Airport (RIC).  Seven major airlines offer nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting options to points around the world. The activities of RIC and its tenants create nearly 16,000 jobs and contribute $2.1 billion in economic activity annually to the Richmond region, according to the Virginia Department of Aviation’s most recent economic impact analysis. In 2018, the Airport welcomed more than four million passengers. For more information, please visit


Contact Information:

Troy M. Bell, C.M., Director – Marketing & Air Service Development/Public Information Officer
Richmond International Airport

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