Firefighters Conduct Aircraft Rescue Training in Ocala, FL

By Brian Stoothoff

This week, 120 firefighters with Ocala (FL) Fire Rescue received specialized training to combat aircraft fires. The training props–which include a mock airplane featuring live fire and manikins to simulate passenger rescue–are supplied by Kellogg Community College, which is located in Michigan.

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The annual training offered to local firefighters consist of classroom instruction and hands on activities. In addition this year, 17 firefighters from the Leesburg Fire Department traveled to the Ocala International Airport to participate in the training.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our firefighters to practice extinguishing brake fires, engine, and cabin fires inside aircraft,” states Ocala Fire Chief Bradd Clark.

In the photo above, Ocala firefighters extinguish the aircraft fire.

For more on related firefighting issues, consider Considerations for Chief Officers Responding to Airport Crashes , Is Your District Ready for an Aircraft Crash?, and Crash Course for the Airport Firefighter.

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