Mosinee, WI (WAOW)-- Ambulance and fire trucks rushed to the scene as smoke billowed into the sky, and fire burned brightly.
Luckily, this was just a drill.
Director of Operations and Maintenance at Central Wisconsin Airport explained, "we do this every three years per FAA regulations. Its what's call a live rescue, which helps train emergency workers for disaster."
In this case, emergency workers trained in the event of a plane crash.
"Its very practical and very beneficial. We gain knowledge in case something does happen we are taught how to handle it."
Paul Rheimschmiet is a Captain for the Mosinee Fire Department. He believes drills like this are necessary.
"It really gives you a good idea how it is with the heat...the smoke..the noise," Rheimschmiet explained.
And because it's only a drill, it doesn't hurts to have some fun.
"It is a fun experience. Its something we don't do a lot and its good to have real fire...real patients."
That's right... real patients. Community members simulated victims of the crash. Victims were assesed by EMTs and tagged with a card explaining the extent of their injuries. They even had a medical helicopter from Aspirus Hospital transporting severely injured "victims".
And to make the experience even better a simulated airplane was brought in, instead of the traditional school bus.
Wade Boyat, ARFF Instructor says it's one more step to make things realistic.
So if there ever is a disaster, rest assured, our emergency crews are prepared.
The drill only lasted about an hour. There were emergency crews from Mosinee, Kroenwetter and Marathon County.