Webster said Thursday’s exercise helps not just with large-scale events but also incidents involving smaller planes.
“The concept’s the same,” Webster said. “At the end of the day, we’re still putting out fires and saving lives.”
A major asset to the exercises is the volunteers like Prescop and Safer. Webster said while the event is an exercise, the volunteers add a sense of realism to the situation.
“The dramatic approach is a crucial piece of this and we appreciate their support,” Webster said.
Prescop has volunteered in similar exercises in the county for almost a decade, assisting with the police department exercises. She said she enjoys exercises like the one Thursday because not only is it fun, but she also learns something new each time.
“It makes me aware of the procedures that all the rescue first responders go through so if it happens in real life, I might not panic,” Prescop said.
She added the role she was given Thursday was different from how she is in real life. Throughout the exercise, Prescop portrayed herself as inconsolable, crying over victims, meandering through the airfield while rescue personnel attempted to assess her injuries as well.
“I’m kind of a quiet person so for me to have a role like this in my mind I had to picture what I see on TV,” she said.
Moving forward, Webster said exercises like the one Thursday is important as Horry County continues to grow in population and tourists visiting the area.
“The risk is always here,” Webster said. “The more flights that come in, the risk is even greater. We just need to be able to make sure we know what we’re doing, make sure we do it right and events like this allow us to work through these issues so if it ever happens, we’re on top of our game.”
Other agencies that assisted Thursday included multiple airlines and health agencies such as Conway Medical Center and Grand Strand Health.
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