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Emergency vehicles to swarm airport Saturday for large-scale training drill

Buffalo-Niagara International Airport will host a large-scale training exercise Saturday night involving more than a dozen agencies.

As part of the exercise, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., emergency vehicles will swarm the airport.

Authorities conducting the drill announced the federally required exercise on Thursday to inform the public in advance about what is planned.

The training exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The airport’s emergency plan is being tested.

This year’s training scenario will involve the simulation of an aircraft landing at the airport in adverse weather and hitting an airfield service vehicle.

Participating agencies include NFTA Transit police, first responders from Amherst, Buffalo and Cheektowaga, Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Erie County Emergency Services, State Police, Transportation Security Administration, FBI, American Medical Response, Twin City Ambulance and Mercy Flight, as well as the Airport Firefighting Rescue Unit and airport airfield and terminal operations.

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