UAM free tour on Saturday – plus an airport emergency drill

Universal Asset Management, the company that disassembles retired jumbo jets, sells parts and recycles the rest, is having another tour Saturday at its facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Aerial view of Universal Asset Management's disassembly facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport. File photo | Dennis Seid

Aerial view of Universal Asset Management’s disassembly facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport. File photo | Dennis Seid

UAM will offer tours from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The company is doing this every first Saturday of the month.

Any questions concerning the tour can be direct to UAM’s Marketing Manager, Matt Scott by calling (901) 682-4064 or emailing mscott@uaminc.com.

Also on Saturday, the airport also will be having an emergency drill, with fire, police and emergency responders. Oh, and “victims” of a “plane crash.”

Here’s what the airport says will be happening, starting at about 3:30 p.m.:

On Saturday,March 1,2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m.,the Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP) will conduct its triennial full-scale airport exercise. The exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to occur every three years. The exercise is designed to test the response capabilities and effectiveness of emergency personnel including law enforcement,fire and medical representatives.

The exercise will have two stages;one involving the airport terminal ,and the other involving an aircraft incident that occurs on one of the Tupelo Regional Airport ramps. Volunteer role-players will serve as “victims”and will be “made-up”to provide “realistic-looking” levels of injury,to fully engage first responders to either scene. The exercise is expected to last between two and three hours.

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