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Santa Barbara Airport Triennial Full-Scale Disaster Drill Scheduled

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) Triennial Full-Scale Disaster Drill exercise will take place this Tuesday, September 20, 2016, between 9:00am and 10:30am on the northwest side of the main runways 7/25.  The purpose of the drill is for local mutual aid partners and emergency response organizations 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 or fire coming from the airfield area northwest of the main runway, as the mock scenario for the full-scale exercise will involve both smoke and pyrotechnics. 

Agencies participating in the drill include:  

•  City of Santa Barbara Airport Department, Fire Department, and Police Department

•  City of Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Services

•  Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office and Office of Emergency Services

•  Federal Aviation Administration

•  Federal Bureau of Investigation

•  Transportation Security Administration

•  American Red Cross

•  American Medical Response

•  California Highway Patrol

•  Alaska Airlines

•  American Airlines 

•  United Airlines

•  Signature Flight Support

•  Atlantic Aviation

•  UCSB Campus Police and Medical Response

•  UCSB student emergency role-playing volunteers

•  SBCC – medical emergency role-playing volunteers 

The Santa Barbara Airport Department 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 ever occur.

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

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

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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