FLL disaster drill prepares first responders

Posted at 12:12 AM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 00:12:25-05

Under the moonlight sky.

"Night time brings its owns challenges," said FLL Airport CEO Mark Gale.

"There's always going to be confusion, there's going to be chaos," said Battalion Chief Joel Gordon with the Plantation Fire Department. "That confusion shouldn't be among the responders."

First responders held a disaster drill at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

In this scenario, two planes collided.

13 agencies worked together to save lifes.

Gordon was here nearly a year ago.

"I was one of the PIO's for the shooting," said Gordon. "Accept the fact these things are going to happen."

That's what makes these trainings so crucial.

"This year we expect to pass 32 million passengers using our airport. We want everyone of those 32 million to understand we take safety extremely seriously," said Gale.

There's been three major incidents at FLL in the last two years including that shooting. First responders say these trainings help them prepare.

"We may not be able to be in front of it, but we can certainly respond to it in a coordinated and an organized fashion," said Gordon.

This training prepares everyone for anything that could happen.