Airport Safety and Emergency Management Training Attendance Rate
The Aeronautics Division is the air operations lead coordinating agency for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency; a partner in the MassDOT Emergency Management Committee; and participates in various emergency planning exercises across the Commonwealth, with agency partners including municipal airports, local first responders, State Police, and other state and federal agencies such as FEMA, DHS, and Joint Base Cape Cod. During these events, live-action exercises validate plans, policies, and procedures, test equipment, identify gaps in training, and establish best practices. A tabletop exercise uses a hypothetical, simulated emergency to validate plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and assess the level of preparedness through an interactive discussion. These emergency trainings provide personnel with fundamental elements of emergency management knowledge and protocols, while bringing together and strengthening the community of providers and emergency responders.
Aeronautics staff attended 100% of these emergency training events and exercises, exceeding their target FY22 attendance rate of 90%.
The Division completed 10 airport safety inspections in CY22, and has completed 10 airport safety inspections so far in CY23. This is an improvement from CY20, which was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.