(Jackson, MISS)– The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority was host today to the 2015 Emergency Management Training Meeting in preparation for major incidents affecting the aviation and passenger air transport industry here in Mississippi. A contingency of more than 30 representatives from local, state and federal agencies convened the afternoon session of mutual air and business partners in the aviation industry.

Dubbed as the ‘2015 Table Top’ Meeting of aviation and emergency management personnel, the thematic emphasis of the meeting was to plan for the response to a major aviation accident while promoting an understanding of the varied roles and responsibilities with the Unified Incident Command Structure. All facets of a major incident impacting the Jackson Evers Municipal Airport were thoroughly discussed including the alert notifications and crisis management for communications; assistance to passengers and families; triage areas for injured passengers; protocols for emergency response and front-line responders; logistics and supplies; and traffic egress. Additional information was discussed and shared regarding emergency response and protocols as directed by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Perry Miller, Chief Operating Officer for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, commended the partners for their coordination. ‘How we train is how we perform”, said Miller. “We value the expertise of our partners. Their collaboration ensures that we will provide the best support we can to our community”, added Miller.

Coordination with the JMAA agencies and vendors was also welcomed as the discussion shifted to the interest of our passenger air lines. Michael Cousin, Delta Air Lines Station Manager in Jackson (MISS), stressed the importance of the critical need for clear communications and a well-coordinated plan among emergency management personnel and Mutual Aid Partners.

“This discussion provides everyone with the understanding of their roles and how they work in coordination with our airport community,” said Cousin. “It allows for us to work towards an overall response to the requirements of our Airport Authority.
Representatives from participating agencies present at the 2015 Table Top Meeting were:
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Department
American Airlines
American Medical Response
America Red Cross
Delta Air Lines
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Flowood Fire Department
Jet Stream (contractor to Delta Air Lines)
Mississippi Air National Guard , 172d AirLiftWing
Mississippi Department of Health
Rankin County (MS) Emergency Operations Center
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
United Airlines
United Parcel Service (UPS)
United States Customs and Border Protection
University Mississippi Medical Center

The 2015 Table Top Meeting is the official emergency management program for the response and management of aviation incidents. Held annually, quarterly meetings are also conducted in an effort to orientate new personnel while refreshing existing employees. For additional information on the Table Top Meeting, contact Douglas Breckenridge, interim operations manager at 601.939.5631.

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