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Triennial Full-Scale Disaster Drill Scheduled September 25

Post Date:09/24/2019 1:17 PM

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) Triennial Full-Scale Disaster Drill exercise will take place this Wednesday, September 25, between 9:30am-11:00am north of the main Runway 7/25. The purpose of the drill is for local mutual aid partners and emergency responders to gain practice and preparedness for a response in the event of a major aircraft disaster. This live exercise will be conducted in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

People traveling along Hollister Avenue between Aero Camino and Los Carneros during this time may see smoke coming from the airfield area north of the main runway as the mock scenario for the full-scale exercise will involve smoke.

Agencies participating in this year’s drill include:

  • City of Santa Barbara Airport, Fire, and Police Departments
  • City of Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Services
  • Santa Barbara County Fire, Sheriff, Coroner’s and Office of Emergency Services
  • Carpinteria, Montecito, and Summerland Fire Departments
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • American Red Cross
  • American Medical Response
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Contour Airlines
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Atlantic Aviation
  • UCSB Campus Police
  • Easy Lift
  • MTD
  • Local students role-playing emergency “victim” volunteers
  • Local community members role-playing emergency “victim” volunteers

The Santa Barbara Airport is required to maintain an Airport Emergency Plan outlining response procedures in partnership with agencies that must effectively respond to and manage emergency situations that occur on Airport property. Federal law requires that this plan be tested with a simulated incident every three years.

Local media can learn first hand how emergency organizations would respond to an aircraft disaster on the Airport should one occur.

Media vehicles can be parked on Cook Place adjacent to Hangar 2. A representative from the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department will provide background information, briefings as the scenario unfolds, and answer questions. Members of the media will be escorted to the simulated crash scene to cover the disaster exercise by Airport staff. 

For further information contact Lynn Houston, Marketing & Communications at the Santa Barbara Airport at 805-692-6024 or

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