REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Airport is closed to commercial flights for three weeks, beginning Monday, as crews continue a $20 million runway paving project. But, Roberts Field Security Director Nicole Jurgensen says the airport won’t sit idle.
Multiple law enforcement and fire agencies will take part this week in "active threat" trainings, "To make use of this unique time we have. Most airports aren’t able to support a full-on training exercise. We’re still open, but there won’t be very many people here, with the air carriers not being active, so it’s a great opportunity," Jurgensen tells KBND News. She adds, "This will be the best realistic training that we’ll be able to experience with the law enforcement. They’re going to use their training weapons, which are safe, of course. But, it will sound like real gunfire, so that does create a realistic element to it."
The Transportation Safety Administration will also conduct "Run, Hide, Fight" training for civilians. Jurgensen says, "The TSA law enforcement officer from Portland is coming to do training with civilians that will be then be role-players for the scenario." The various groups will then work together in a number of scenarios throughout the week.
Visitors will see emergency vehicles at the airport, and could hear realistic gunfire during the exercises. Flights are expected to resume at the airport in three weeks.