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ROCKFORD — The Chicago Rockford International Airport will be swarming with emergency workers on Wednesday for training and disaster response exercises.

The training will happen from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Local police, firefighters, hospitals, and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter crews will participate along with Greater Rockford Airport Authority staff.

The exercise will simulate a passenger aircraft crash and numerous emergency vehicles will be on site.

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The airport is required to conduct a full-scale disaster exercise every three years under Federal Aviation Administration requirements. Exercise objectives include testing communications, fire and police response, emergency medical response, multiple casualty hospital plans, interagency coordination and the incident command system.

Commercial and other flights at RFD will not be affected and will continue to operate as scheduled.

“This event is instrumental in keeping our first responders and staff sharp, prepared, and to learn to work as a team,” RFD Director Mike Dunn said in a news release. “The best course of action for dealing with a possible incident is to maintain the highest level of preparedness.”