KENNER -- Officials at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will hold a full-scale emergency exercise on Wednesday morning.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the emergency exercise "tests the ability of the Airport, its stakeholders, and surrounding mutual-aid agencies to respond to an emergency incident at the Airport," according to a statement from the airport.

The training exercise simulates an emergency scenario with multiple agencies, and it is a mandatory Federal Aviation Administration training exercise done every three years. It is done to "test the effectiveness of the response plans and procedures of the Airport and participating agencies."

Local fire departments, police units and emergency medical service units are among the participants in the exercise.

According to airport officials, the exercise will take place on the west side of the airfield and may include open fire and smoke. The public should not be concerned with the fire, smoke or number of emergency response vehicles that will be at the airport as it is part of the exercise.

The training exercise is not open to the public.