TSA to conduct series of overnight exercises at Yeager Airport May 12-14

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Area residents may see emergency responders, possibly hear noise associated with the training
Local Press Release
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va - The Transportation Security Administration will be conducting several full-scale training exercises at Yeager Airport May 12 to 14 from midnight to 4 a.m. in conjunction with several local law enforcement and emergency responder agencies. Residents should not be alarmed if they see emergency vehicles or hear some noises associated with the exercise during this timeframe.

The exercises will be conducted in secured areas of the airport on the nights of Tuesday, May 12, Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14, and will not be accessible to the public.

This series of exercises will be used to train and test bomb squad responses to explosives-related incidents at the airport, and offer training opportunities for federal, state and local public safety explosives experts and military explosives ordnance teams.

“This is a valuable opportunity to partner with like-minded public safety agencies as we work together to train and drill during an exercise that is specifically designed to test capabilities in an aviation environment,” said Karen Keys-Turner, TSA’s Federal Security Director for West Virginia. “This will enable us to develop best practices, test the capabilities of all emergency response personnel and foster stronger working relationships and familiarity among the participants.”

Agencies participating in the exercises include the Transportation Security Administration, Yeager Airport, Delta Global Services, West Virginia Air National Guard, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police and Metro 911.