I attended the "full scale exercise" emergency drill
at San Jose International Airport
on March 26, 2012
as an observer for the
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (SJ RACES).
The scenario located outside a hangar at the intersection of Taxiways C and Z
used a parked FedEx DC-10 as a backdrop.
Volunteers acted as victims, lying on the ground, or often taking pictures
from their unique vantage point.
First responders went through the incident response procedure as if there
had been a DC-10 accident.
PIOs (Public Information Officers) or other representatives for the various
responding agencies narrated the response to the event as surprises were
sprung on the crews via the radio.
Though clearly it is not the same as an actual accident, the response by
multiple agencies appeared to succeed as practice working together under the
Incident Command System.
The airport is required by the FAA to hold such a drill at least every 3 years.