Juneau firefighters train for airport emergencies

Aug 15, 2013 -- 10:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Some members of the Capital Fire and Rescue department in Juneau are receiving special training this week. They are training to be recognized by the state of Alaska as certified airport firefighters. The Juneau Empire reports their training includes both classroom work and fire simulations that mock a plane crash. The drill included extinguishing fires in a simulated cock pit, passenger cabin and on the plane's wing. They also practiced driving a specialized fire truck intended for aircraft crashes. The Juneau department owns two of the $1 million vehicles, and it's staffed 24/7. If something were to happen at the Juneau airport, the firefighter has three minutes to respond to the facility, parking in the middle area of the main runway to await further instructions.

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