How an Air Show Comes Together


     After two days of stunning aerobatics and stunts, the Chippewa Valley Air Show has come to a close.

     Nearly 30-thousand people turned out to the event this weekend and there was no lack of support to make sure everyone had a good time. It was more than just the pilots who were put to work this weekend.

     In order to make sure everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend,  hundreds of local volunteers and law enforcement agencies worked together to make sure the event went off without a hitch. 

     Allyn Bertrang,  Deputy Chief, Eau Claire Fire:  “We do put a lot of time and effort to think of all the possible scenarios while thinking of everything we need to do to respond to emergencies and help meet the needs of the people in our community and at the air show.”

    The Fire Deparment’s Deputy Chief says responders are not only there to assist on the airway, but also to be there for the people attending. “We have multiple roles out here and one of the roles we have is for crash fire rescue responsibilities on the airfield should an incident occur on the airfield.  We’re also here for the people attending the event.  This weekend is warm and we did have a number of medical emergencies due to the heat yesterday, so we’re here for the airshow, but we’re also here for the people.”

    Lieutenant Tim Golden of the Eau Claire Police Department says the combination of the holiday weekend along with the two day event made for quite the traffic back up.  “There were some excessive waiting periods for people trying to get into the air show and we did everything we could to efficiently get people in and out of the show, but we got people in and out of here safely.”

     If you attended the air show, you may have noticed the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time to help. It’s a big effort.  With an estimated 15,000 cars coming in and out of the event each day, the city called on multiple agencies for help.

     Deputy Chief Bertrang:  “We’ve worked in a partnership like we have in many other years along with other agencies such as the Chippewa Fire District, Altoona Fire Deptartment and Township Fire Department  to bring together resources and work in a collaborative effort to meet all of the needs at the air show and out in our communities..”

Reporting:  Noelle Anderson

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