While they hope an aircraft disaster never happens, the Mosinee Central Wisconsin Airport hosted a mock plane crash exercise earlier this morning.
At 7:45 a.m. on the dot, an emergency alert went out calling for all emergency units to assist with a plane crash at CWA. On the scene there was a fake airplane covered in flames while fire crews sprayed it with water hoses.
Nearby volunteers laid in the grass pretending to be survivors. Steve Hagman, the emergency management director, held a press release conference explaining why this exercise was so important.
"If you just try bringing everybody together at one time and you haven't practiced together...it takes awhile to understand who does what," said Hagman, "Then all of a sudden you understand it and it flows better."
In the scenario, an engine fire caused the plane to crash with a reported 15 people on board. Twelve fire and EMS organizations from the area came out to help, including medical units in helicopters.
Hagman said it's important to allow emergency response units to practice their disaster response skills; which is why CWA hosts drills like this once every three years.
Hagman also said if this were a real emergency, highway 153 would have been shut down.