MacDill Air Force Base personal took part in an exercise on Thursday morning, simulating that a jet had clipped a helicopter at the upcoming AirFest with people being injured. In advance of "MacDill AFB presents Tampa Bay AirFest," the 6th Air Mobility Wing air show exercise to practice in case of an emergency at the show.
The exercise is to prepare first responders in case of an actual emergency during the air show on Mar. 22 and 23.
The air show typically brings in more than 150,000 attendees from the entire central Florida region, and this year base officials expect even more.
"With our outstanding community partners, we feel prepared for any emergency, and will validate our preparedness while sharpening our skills," said Col. Scott DeThomas, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander. "It is important for our attendees to have a great time and feel safe. This exercise is just one more way to ensure the public safety."