Mock airplane crash provides training for first responders

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Photos by Anaika Miller

Blacksburg firefighters carry one of the volunteer victims in Saturday’s simulated airplane crash at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg. The drill provided an opportunity for first responders to practice coordination and medical procedures.
A plastic mannequin awaits treatment during a drill Saturday that simulated an airplane crash at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg.
Along with approximately 20 volunteer victims, first responders treated both inflatable and plastic mannequins at the mock airplane crash Saturday. About 45 first responders from various local agencies participated in the event.
Volunteer victims display their fake wounds. Volunteers said they arrived at 8 a.m. to receive the make-up for their “injuries.” The drill began at 10 a.m.
A first responder applies pressure to a mannequin during the simulation Saturday
A Carilion LifeGuard Med-Evac helicopter lands at the Viriginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport as part of the first-responder training Saturday.