(Seattle-December 5, 2011) - Passengers heading in and out of Sea-Tac Airport this week may notice large gatherings of emergency vehicles underneath the Link light rail station and outside the exit to the main terminal garage. This will be part of annual emergency rescue training exercises for south Puget Sound firefighters. No traffic impacts are expected, however, this will be a visual distraction for people heading into and out of the airport.
Please be aware - these are only drills, not actual emergencies.
The exercises will occur Tuesday, December 6 through Friday, December 9 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Multiple emergency response vehicles from agencies throughout the area will be at the site each day. Many will park just outside the exit to the main terminal garage, and drills will be performed at ground level directly below the Link light rail station. Signage will note to drivers these are exercises and drills.
Specialty rescue teams will practice confined space rescues at underground vaults beneath the light rail station. These exercises will simulate actual rescue conditions for persons trapped or disabled in the vaults. The exercises are part of annual certification requirements for specialty rescue teams.
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 21 international cities.