BAFB prepares for airshow by holding Major Accident Response Exercise

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - In preparation for the 2017 Defenders of Liberty Airshow, Barksdale Airmen will partner with Bossier City emergency responders to perform a Major Accident Response Exercise.

The MARE exercise will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 27.
 
The MARE is a robust field-training exercise involving hundreds of Barksdale personnel and local community first responders and provides the opportunity to hone mass emergency-response skills while working as a team.

The exercise gives the base leadership and Bossier City officials a means to enhance readiness, boost capabilities and streamline procedures in the event of a major accident.
 
During the exercise, there will be multiple on and off-base emergency response vehicles responding to a simulated aircraft crash. There will also be temporary road closures and explosions.

Though many safety measures are in place to protect spectators and mitigate risk during the air show, it is vitally important for Barksdale personnel to be prepared for crisis situations.
 


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