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Don't be alarmed: emergency drill at Pitt-Greenville Airport this Saturday

People near Pitt-Greenville Airport may hear sirens and see smoke at the airport on Saturday afternoon, as part of a Federal Aviation Administration mandated drill. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more.

The Pitt-Greenville Airport is conducting its full-scale emergency exercise on Saturday, March 5 from around noon to 2 p.m.

The FAA requires airports that serve scheduled airlines to conduct a mass-casualty exercise involving an aircraft accident every three years. According to a news release, the exercise provides the airport and area responders the opportunity to put a comprehensive plan into action and make needed changes or update information.

The airport has been preparing with Greenville, Pitt County and other fire departments and emergency medical services in the area.

Emergency responders will treat people acting as victims, so the public shouldn’t be alarmed by ambulance activity on the scene.

There’s a rain date set for March 12 if the exercise needs to be rescheduled.

For Public Radio East, I’m Meredith Radford.

Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.