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HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Front-line responders from more than a dozen Mercer County, state and municipal agencies today took part in a federally required Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) Review conducted by Trenton-Mercer Airport.

The purpose of the event held May 30, 2013, at Capital Health Medical Center -- Hopewell, was to fully review and discuss the AEP to ensure that the document continues to be maintained in a manner consistent with the National Incident Management System/Incident Command System. A “Table Top” review also was performed, where participants discussed a fictional emergency scenario and their agencies proposed responses to it.

“Thankfully, we’ve never needed to fully deploy these resources in response to an emergency,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “However, in the event it becomes necessary, we will be better prepared as a result of this training. Proper coordination and familiarity with the venue can cut response time, minimize damage and, most importantly, save lives.”

In addition to Trenton-Mercer Airport staff, TTN Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)-Station 34, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, which oversees the airport, a number of other County agencies were represented, including the Mercer County Executive’s Office, the Mercer County Office of Emergency Management, Mercer County Central Dispatch, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. The New Jersey Division of Aeronautics, West Trenton Fire Company-Station 33, Pennington Road Fire Company, Pennington Road Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Ewing Township Police Department, Ewing Township Office of Emergency Management, Capital Health Medical Center and the Mercer County coordinators for EMS and fire also took part in the program. Representatives from Frontier Airlines also participated.

Under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, an AEP review must be completed annually by TTN.