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Emergency crews drill rescues at RST

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

Emergency responders descended on an inferno at Rochester International Airport.

Luckily, it was all part of a drill designed to minimize the damage if a real tragedy ever took place. 

In this mock emergency, a plane on the runway was clipped by another plane during its landing. 

RST's responders in the green trucks would be the first ones on scene, and they were able to control the flames while Rochester Fire was en route. 

Members from MnDot, law enforcement, airport workers, and paramedics were able to practice their role as well.

The drill provides responders from these various departments the chance to evaluate their strengths while improving on weaknesses together. 

It is designed to be as realistic as possible, with mannequins and volunteers from the community acting as victims.

The full scale emergency exercise takes place every 3 years, and is required by the FAA.

The training required the airfield be shut down for part of the morning. 

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