BANGOR – The Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency is seeking up to 60 volunteers to serve as “victims” for a disaster drill later this month. As of Wednesday, fewer than 20 volunteers had been confirmed, according to county officials.
The exercise, set for Saturday, Sept. 21, is part of the certification process for Bangor International Airport. Every three years the Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to perform a fully staged disaster drill to evaluate the preparedness of BIA emergency response teams, local fire, police, ambulance and emergency medical rescue personnel, as well as hospital staff who would be called upon in the event of a major airport disaster. Tabletop drills are conducted during the years in between.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate and will be asked to complete a simple health assessment before the exercise. Interested volunteers should call the EMA office at 945-4750 or 942-8566 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.