BLOOMINGTON — Area residents may see smoke and fires at the Central Illinois Regional Airport Friday and Saturday, but shouldn’t be alarmed as the airport conducts its required emergency training.
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The plan includes live fire training on Friday from 10 a.m. and a “large-scale emergency drill” on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both formations are expected to generate smoke and fire that may be visible from surrounding areas, a CIRA press release said.
Saturday’s exercise will include more than 27 emergency response agencies, area organizations and private companies and more than 50 other volunteers, according to the statement. It will simulate a plane crash.
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The airport is required to conduct a full-scale exercise once every three years, and the McLean County Disaster Council joins in conducting a community-wide test of emergency response.
CIRA is on the east side of Bloomington, south of Empire Street, which is also Illinois Route 9.
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