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Northwest Regional Aviation to Conduct Disaster Response Drill on June 6




CONTACTS: Bill Quistorf, Chief Pilot, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-754-5489

Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Northwest Regional Aviation consortium will be conducting a disaster response exercise in Snohomish County on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.  Aircraft from Snohomish, King, Pierce, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Departments, along with the Washington State Patrol, U.S. Navy, FBI, Customs Border Patrol Air-Marine, Airlift Northwest, and Life Flight Network, will be coordinating joint response efforts.  The drill will take place on June 8 in the event of inclement weather on June 6.


Seattle Police, Seattle Fire, Snohomish County Fire Technical Rescue, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Sky Valley Fire, Snohomish and King County Volunteer Search & Rescue Association, Arlington Municipal Airport, Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Fire & EMS, Naval Station Everett, Sno911, and WSDOT-Aviation will all be supporting the regional aircraft response.


Overall Scenario: The earthquake/tsunami scenario is used for the exercise. Major damage has taken place in many high-rise buildings, older buildings, and elevated highways. Ground transportation is severely restricted in the region. Supporting scenarios for the exercise include water rescues, high-rise rescues, K-9 building searches, aerial surveys of impacted areas, live video downlink operations, rescue teams, and equipment transport to support structural collapse.


Northwest Regional Aviation has learned from real-world emergency response that knowing the capabilities of partner agencies, and who to call for assistance is critical when disaster happens. Having pre-plans in place and the knowledge of how to execute the pre-plans greatly helps in an organized response to a large-scale emergency.