Reminder: Crash drill Saturday at Bellingham airport

A reminder that people may see smoke, emergency vehicles and an unusual amount of activity Saturday, Sept. 20, at Bellingham International Airport, but it’s all part of a drill.

Multiple federal and local agencies will participate, as will volunteers made up to look like plane crash victims. The “victims” also will be taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment.

The exercise runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on an older portion of the airport runway. The drill is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years so the groups involved in emergency response can evaluate how well they communicate and update emergency plans.