Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S04-23. Emergency Working Groups

The aviation environment is susceptible to numerous types of emergencies and operational events. Multiple groups, comprised of both internal and external stakeholders, facilitate air travel and must cooperate when responding to an emergency. At many airports, an airline maintains a small crew or contracts services for periods when flights occur. During an emergency at an airport, no one entity has enough trained staff to independently manage the situation. In this case, an “all hands on deck” approach is needed. Growing out of the 2014 Asiana crash at SFO, there is a movement to create Emergency Working Groups at airports. An Emergency Working Group (EWG) is essentially an airline/airport mutual aid pact among the airlines and emergency preparedness staff at an airport. As of August 15, 2017, fifteen EWGs had been established with at least three more nearing activation. Most have been at large hubs but some airports have functionally similar groups that are airport-led rather than being airline-led. How can the EWG concept be presented more widely, what tools can be provided, and what practices can be compiled? The objective of this research is to locate and compile information on EWGs that are a collaboration between airlines and airports that plan, train and maintain mutual aid in assisting those affected during emergencies at airports. The audience for this synthesis is airlines/airports and their mutual aid partners.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S04-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Smith-Woolwine Associates, Incorporated

    385 Sam Read Rd NW
    Floyd, VA  United States  24091
  • Principal Investigators:

    Smith, Jim

  • Start Date: 20180717
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659870
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S04-23
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2018 3:03PM