UPDATE: Emergency Drill Held at Yeager Airport

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was a full-scale emergency drill at Yeager Airport to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

Police, EMS and SWAT teams rushed to the airport in Charleston early Tuesday morning. It was just practice, but it was in an effort to prevent acts of terrorism.

Law enforcement officials and emergency responders initiated a response plan. An active shooter, hostage situation and other deadly threats had them making split-second decisions.

Tactical training, communication and teamwork are what drill leaders say made this realistic test a success.

"It's a continuous ongoing training cycle," Lt. Keith Vititoe said. "Everything we do, all of our firearms training programs, it's all focused on the worst-case scenario which is an active killer in progress -- short of an act of terrorism. And we just continue to work on it.

"It's something that we know we have to be proficient in."

Students acted as hostages or wounded airline passengers.

Federal, state, county and city agencies participated in the drill. Airport officials say they feel better knowing everyone is now more prepared.

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