ADDISON ~ Farmers Branch emergency personnel lent key support to the Town of Addison in response to the plane crash at Addison Airport in the mid-morning hours of Sunday, June 30.
A twin-engine Beechcraft plane bound for Florida, with two crew and eight passengers, crashed into a hangar just moments after takeoff. All 10 people aboard were killed.
A number of Farmers Branch Police and Fire Department personnel, along with crews from Carrollton, responded to the scene to assist Addison. This included Farmers Branch Fire crews on one ambulance, two engines and the ladder truck. Farmers Branch Police sent several officers to assist with security at the media area and at the Family Assistance Center.
Farmers Branch Emergency Management Specialist Lauren Sanchez was tasked with activating a Family Assistance Center in conjunction with the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Center operated Sunday and Monday as a secure location for family and friends of the victims to get updates and access support from organizations like the American Red Cross. This Family Assistance Center was the first-ever activation for Dallas County.
Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker said that while a devastating accident, the combined response underscores the commitment of "our neighboring departments" to back each other up, even in the most extreme of circumstances.
Following the incident Addison Fire Chief David Jones noted his gratitude for Farmers Branch personnel in a letter to Chief Parker.
"I can't say enough about the professionalism your department displayed at the scene," Chief Jones wrote. "They were sympathetic to the situation and their efforts were unwavering and outstanding! While we are deeply saddened by this tragedy, we are encouraged by the undeniable chemistry our departments have with each other and we don't take that for granted."