Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - If you happen to notice some extra activity at the Rochester airport today, don’t be alarmed.

Local emergency response officials are holding a “full scale emergency exercise” at the airport.

The drill calls for a simulated aircraft emergency to test the skills and preparation of emergency responders, airport employees, Mayo Clinic health care systems, Olmsted Medical Center, local and regional law enforcement and fire agencies.

This full-scale exercise is a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate the preparedness of its local responders to a disaster. Passenger airports are required to complete a full-scale exercise once every three years. The last Rochester exercise was held in 2015.

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