The San Francisco Fire Department is sending airport-based commanders to special training and has put all its airport firefighters through a 40-hour basic course on dealing with plane disasters in the aftermath of its Asiana Airlines crash response that left a survivor dead, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.
After the teenage passenger was run over by two fire rigs battling a fire on the Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport, The Chronicle learned that the three commanders in charge of the crash response had never taken disaster training that federal rules require of all rank-and-file firefighters stationed at U.S. airports.
Under a change that a high-ranking fire official disclosed this week, the Fire Department now will send top firefighters at the airport - those with the rank of lieutenant, captain or battalion chief - to a 40- to 80-hour course specially designed for those who may be in command at a plane crash site.
"There are many lessons to be learned here," Assistant Deputy Chief Dale Carnes, who oversees the Fire Department's airport operation, told a National Transportation Safety Board hearing this week that heard testimony on the July 6 crash.
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