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JWA Hosts Emergency Communications and Wildlife Management Training

As part of its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness training and education, John Wayne Airport recently hosted two important training courses in November: “Crisis Communications for Transportation Professionals” and “Wildlife Management Training.”

Crisis Communications for Transportation Professionals is a one-day course offered by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is tasked by the federal government with investigating certain transportation-related accidents. Once the investigation is complete, NTSB confirms the cause of the accident and can make recommendations regarding related safety programs or policies that could prevent or limit similar accidents in the future. Attendees of the course learned how the NTSB organizes an accident site and what can be expected in the days following an aviation disaster from various stakeholders including: the NTSB, FAA, other federal agencies, airlines, airport, media and the local community. NTSB also provided insight into strategies for airline and airport staff to proactively manage the communication process throughout the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Training participants during group exercise      

Traning participants present their case study

More than 50 participants attended the one-day NTSB training course for transportation officials where they heard directly from NTSB representatives, reviewed case studies of transportation accidents and participated in their own press conference utilizing accident training scenarios.

The Wildlife Management Training Course educates airport personnel about developing and implementing an FAA-approved Wildlife Hazard Management Program. The purpose of the program is to identify and mitigate wildlife hazards at airports. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services, JWA hosted this one-day training course for airports throughout Southern California. Six wildlife biologists from the USDA Wildlife Services division trained attendees on a variety of pertinent regulations and real world scenarios commonly faced by airport operators. JWA has coordinated and hosted this training course for the past three years.

Todd Pitlik at the smartboard
Todd Pitlik, a USDA Airport Wildlife Biologist,
conducts wildlife management training
at John Wayne Airport

Participants in the training came from various agencies throughout Southern California, including Burbank/Bob Hope, Camarillo, JWA, LAX, Long Beach, LA-Ontario, Oxnard, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and LA-Van Nuys Airports. Additional attendees for the crisis communications training were from the City of Anaheim Fire Department, City of Fullerton, City of Irvine, City of Newport Beach, City of Cypress Police Department, County of Orange Executive Office, Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Transit, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Red Cross, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Transportation Security Administration.

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