By Jeanette DeForge

CHICOPEE – A training exercise is scheduled to be held at Westover Air Reserve Base and the adjacent Westover Metropolitan Airport Wednesday afternoon.

The drill will simulate an aircraft accident. Multiple members of Westover’s 439th Airlift Wing will join with the Massachusetts State Police, Chicopee Fire and Police departments and others for the training exercise, said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs.

“These exercises provide crucial crisis response training for our many first responders,” said Col. Howard Clark III, acting 439th Airlift Wing commander. “Our exercise organizers aim to ensure an efficient and effective response in the event of an accident. Another goal of the exercise is to reinforce emergency response training before our Great New England Air and Space Show in July.”