If You Should See Lots of Emergency Vehicles on May 20, Don't Panic

Emergency drills with aircrafts from Lexington will be conducted.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has announced that on Tuesday, May 20, an emergency drill will be conducted at L.G. Hanscom Field. Known as the Triennial Emergency Drill, the airport will simulate an aircraft accident that will involve mutual aid response from Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln. The airport conducts simulated accidents every three years in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The purpose of the drill is to test and evaluate the emergency response system at L.G. Hanscom Field and to reinforce cooperation among agencies. The last exercise was held in 2011. 

Residents should be aware that if they see a large number of emergency vehicles en route to Hanscom Field on the morning of May 20, it is a drill, not an actual emergency and there is no need for concern. 

Also participating in the exercise will be Action Ambulance; Boston Medflight; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Massachusetts State Police; Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Hanscom’s three fixed base operators, Jet Aviation, Rectrix Aviation, and Signature Flight Support; volunteers from Boston College and the National Aviation Academy acting as victims, and the U.S. Air Force.


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