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Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly TPW)

For Immediate Release

Charles M Schulz – Sonoma County Airport to undergo training exercise on Thursday

SANTA ROSA, CA | April 22, 2024

On April 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport will be conducting its Triennial Emergency Response Exercise, a practical exercise and safety training that takes place every three years at commercial service airports across the United States. Mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the training exercise is a comprehensive mass-casualty event simulation that tests the planning, operational readiness, speed, and effectiveness of emergency personnel in real-time.

“This exercise ensures the safety and preparedness of our airport and community” said Airport Manager Jon Stout. “This collaborative simulation with our mutual aid partners allows us to test our abilities, refine communication, and put into practice our emergency response capabilities. I’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our partners in this exercise, including the Sonoma County Fire District, The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, The FAA, and all participating agencies.”

The exercise is intended to bolster the airport’s commitment to safety and continuous improvement. A specialty airplane fuselage will offer live fire drill training to maximize realism. Communication, incident command and coordination among multiple agencies are all put to the test to identify opportunities for improvement.

Beginning today leading up to the triennial exercise, airport personnel will be conducting simulations and training. The public should be aware that the triennial exercise and training simulations are not an emergency and will not disrupt any travel plans at the airport.

The airport will be working closely with the following agencies:

  • Sonoma County Fire District
  • Sonoma County Sheriff
  • FAA Air Traffic Control Tower
  • FAA Flight Standards District Office
  • Fire 139
  • Sonoma County Department of Transportation & Public Works
  • American Red Cross/Red Cross Disaster Team
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Kaiser Air, Sonoma Jet Center
  • Sonoma Jet Center
  • Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management
  • Aircraft Owners/Operators

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Media Contact:

Jon Stout

Dan Virkstis
(707) 565-3040