Reading Regional Airport holds emergency preparedness drill

BERN TWP., Pa. - Dozens of fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and other emergency vehicles descended on Reading Regional Airport on Saturday.

They were part of a large-scale emergency response drill, which lasted for several hours Saturday morning.

The drill is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It's designed to test the airport's security and emergency-response capabilities.

"The scenario today was for a mass casualty incident. It was a security threat that involved a bomb incident, and then we had a large aircraft that had 30 passengers on board," said Terry Sroka, airport manager.

Sroka said these type of drills are important because it engages airport staff with the area emergency agencies that would respond if a mass casualty incident were ever to happen.

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