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Expect sirens and smoke at airport

All heck is going to break loose at the Alexandria Airport this Sunday and Monday when a plane will "crash" and burn.

But it's all being staged to hone the skills of those who would leap into action if such a tragedy ever takes place.

On Sunday afternoon, fire departments throughout Douglas County, along with law enforcement officers, will train at the airport, using a "jet simulator" that will produce smoke and fire in a simulated fuselage.

Then, starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Douglas County Emergency Management will conduct a community-wide training drill.

The scenario for the exercise includes an airplane crash at the airport.

Aga Drive will be closed to through-traffic while the drill is in progress and traffic will be directed to an alternative route. The closure will last until about 8 p.m.

The drill is designed to maintain and improve the overall emergency readiness level of Douglas County and participating agencies.

Fire Marshal Dennis Stark said that the agencies participating in the drill plan to document the entire exercise and then meet for a tabletop discussion on how everything went.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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