Helicopters practice lifesaving rescues as part of the Cascadia Rising earthquake drill

Imagine a 9.0 earthquake so devastating that it impacts the entire Northwest Region. That is the basis for the Cascadia Rising earthquake exercise being held this week in multiple states. When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, a regional air response is necessary to face the challenges of saving lives over a large geographical area.

The Northwest Regional Aviation team will come together at the Port of Seattle Terminal 5 for a day long series of helicopter drills that will utilize lifesaving skills necessary to meet the challenges of a regional disaster. In coordination with the Washington State Department of Emergency Management, a unified response with aviation resources from 10 different city, county and state jurisdictions including six aircraft will demonstrate the technical aspects of search and rescue, moving resources and transporting injured patients.

Observe landing and take-off procedures as multiple helicopters hoist and transport equipment and personnel in and out of the heliport base at Terminal 5. The community is invited to watch the helicopter rescue activities from the view platform located at Jack Block Park.

Agencies participating in the training:

  • Airlift Northwest
  • Bainbridge Island Fire Department
  • King County Sheriff’s Office
  • Port of Seattle
  • Seattle Fire Department
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tacoma Fire Department
  • Washington National Guard