Rhinelander emergency managers will be testing their ability to get water to the site of a large fire.
Saturday officials will be testing a response system called Mutual Aid Box Alarm system or MABAS. Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof says fire department crews will gather at the Rhinelander Airport.
Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport. Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.
On the airport tarmac, a test plane is lit on fire several times, so different fire crews can practice putting it out. During the course of the exercise, emergency response teams arrive, make sure the scene is safe, and practice tending to possible victims. Rhinelander Assistant Fire Chief Tom Waydick says it’s an important chance to practice working with other emergency crews.