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TSA to conduct series of exercises at Pittsburgh International Airport May 2 - 3

Area residents may see emergency responders, possibly hear noise associated with the training

Local Press Release
Monday, May 1, 2017

PITTSBURGH – The Transportation Security Administration will be conducting several training exercises at Pittsburgh International Airport May 2 - 3 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 training will offer the Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania State Police Bomb Squads the opportunity to experience scenarios in the cabin of an aircraft. 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.

“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 TSA’s Federal Security Director for PIT Karen Keys-Turner. “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, the Allegheny County Police Department, Allegheny County Airport Authority, Pennsylvania State Police and JetBlue Airways.

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