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The Houston Airport System Hosts Emergency Preparedness Training


February 7, 2014



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  Houston Airport System Chief Operating Officer, Lance Lyttle (left) joins Michael Crook (middle), trainer with the NTSB and Steve Runge (right), HAS Division Manager of Safety and Emergency Management for a workshop on emergency preparedness.
 
The Houston Airport System (HAS) recently hosted a workshop led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to give airport officials and area organizations essential training in the event of a major aircraft incident.

The NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates all civil aviation accidents in the United States.

“Customer safety is the number one priority for the Houston Airport System, and we take a proactive approach when it comes to emergency preparedness,” said Division Manager of Safety and Emergency Management Steve Runge. “The workshop allowed us to get first-hand knowledge from NTSB investigators on what works and what doesn’t work. We were able to build relationships and coordinate our emergency response plan with a cross section of agencies making us better prepared if a major incident were to occur.”

The NTSB instructors are also investigators, which gives attendees real-life examples of past aircraft accidents and how participating agencies can improve their response to a variety of scenarios.

The two day workshop covered the different stages of emergency response during a major incident at an airport, including challenges, roles and responsibilities, new legislation and best practices.

More than 150 emergency responders and essential personnel from multiple airlines, the City of Houston, Harris County, Galveston County, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, San Antonio International Airport, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, law enforcement and fire rescue, as well as federal agencies like the Transportation Security Agency, Customs Border Protection and the Center for Disease Control were in attendance.

The workshop was held January 21 and 22 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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