NEW INFO: Saturday helicopter drill @ Terminal 5

(WSB photo from November 2015, helicopters at Terminal 5 during drill)

Just got more information about tomorrow’s drill at Terminal 5, which noted here last night after we found out about it from a Port rep. The lead agency is Seattle Fire, which just sent this:

Imagine a 9.0 earthquake so devastating that it impacts the entire Northwest Region. That is the basis for the Cascadia Rising earthquake exercise being held this week in multiple states. When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, a regional air response is necessary to face the challenges of saving lives over a large geographical area.

The Northwest Regional Aviation team will come together at the Port of Seattle Terminal 5 for a daylong series of helicopter drills that will utilize lifesaving skills necessary to meet the challenges of a regional disaster. In coordination with the Washington State Department of Emergency Management, a unified response with aviation resources from 10 different city, county and state jurisdictions including 6 aircraft will demonstrate the technical aspects of search and rescue, moving resources and transporting injured patients.

Observe landing and take-off procedures as multiple helicopters hoist and transport equipment and personnel in and out of the heliport base at Terminal 5. The community is invited to watch the helicopter rescue activities from the view platform located at Jack Block Park.

Agencies participating in the training:

Airlift Northwest
Bainbridge Island Fire Department
King County Sheriff’s Office
Port of Seattle
Seattle Fire Department
Seattle Police Department
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Tacoma Fire Department
Washington National Guard

The drill is scheduled to start around 10 am and continue until about 2, according to SFD’s media advisory.

Also happening tomorrow in West Seattle as part of Cascadia Rising – two Emergency Communication Hubs events – details are in our preview.

6 Replies to "NEW INFO: Saturday helicopter drill @ Terminal 5"

  • flyaway26 June 11, 2016 (10:37 am)

    Great to be ready for a disaster….two big drills in two weeks in SEA is making me nervous.   Plus the ‘power outage’ in seattle on the day of the last big 6 hour drill two thursdays ago.   Someone up there know something we don’t?

  • JS June 11, 2016 (10:52 am)

    I live on Pigeon Point & there are a lot of helicopters & all are flying pretty low.  Lots of noise!

  • beef June 11, 2016 (1:39 pm)

    are there people being flown in the platform suspended from the helicopter? It sures looks like it when the fly over my backyard in Highland park. :)

    • miws June 11, 2016 (3:17 pm)

      Beef, a few years ago, as my bus was passing through Park & Ride, there was an exercise involving the helicopter at the Joint Training Facility, with about 3 or 4 people suspended on the platform as it hovered.

      Very glad there are those out there with the guts to do that,  but no way that I’d ever be able to! 


  • sam-c June 11, 2016 (1:46 pm)

    Yeah, pretty nosy today, have they been delivering things to SCC?  Sounded like it was hovering directly overhead for 10 minutes or so.  Glad they are practicing!!!

  • sam-c June 11, 2016 (1:46 pm)

    Noisy, not nosy

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