Emergency responders will have their hands full today.
The Kent County Local Emergency Planning Committee is holding its tri-annual full-scale emergency exercise from 4-8pm at the Lacks Enterprises, Inc. plant located at 5675 Kraft Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purpose of the exercise is to test the emergency management system in a stress environment with actual deployment of resources to demonstrate coordination and response capabilities.
In addition to GFIA operations, airport police, and airport rescue and firefighting, participants will include Lacks Enterprises, Inc., the Kent County Emergency Management Team, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Delta Air Lines, Davenport University and Cascade Township Fire Department along with multiple area supporting fire departments, EMS agencies and local hospitals. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department will help control traffic. Temporary road closures will occur on Kraft Ave. between 60th Street to International Drive from 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
"The purpose of this exercise is to not only comply with the highest FAA standards in safety and security, but to also identify our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to responding and preparing for an emergency," said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.
"This exercise will not only further train our airport personnel in their roles and responsibilities, but it will give us a chance to collaborate with other local agencies. Communication and coordination amongst many agencies is crucial in real-time situations."
Kent County Emergency Management relies on training exercises to find strengths and weaknesses in response.