Pueblo Firemen Study Crash Techniques

Pueblo Firemen Study Crash Techniques

To meet tomorrow’s possibilities today, members of the Pueblo, Colo., Fire Department, Chief George F. Lowe, Jr., recently took part in extensive training in aircraft rescue and fire fighting. Pueblo is about 40 miles south of Colorado Springs, center of the nation’s defense alert system. Thus Pueblo’s Memorial Airport has an important role in handling military aircraft.

Fire Chief William H. Mitchell and three military assistants from Ent Air Force. Base and Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, conducted the training of Pueblo personnel in the handling of aircraft fire fighting and rescue. Flash points, ignition temperatures, explosive range and rate of evaporation of different aircraft fuels, plus the crash of a plane and accompanying sources of ignition were explained outlined and demonstrated during the week’s course. During the week over 2,000 gallons of oil and 200 gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline were employed to simulate aircraft crash fire conditions.

Pueblo firemen learned how to approach burning aircraft, how to rescue persons involved in the crash situation and how to protect themselves from the fire, heat and rekindling of flammable vapors in their path of exit. A T-33 and a U3B plane from Peterson Field were used in the demonstrations of the hazards involving firemen.

In addition to the explanations and demonstrations, the men received practical training, using the 0-125 crash truck from the city’s Engine Company No. 8, and employing hand lines and tire turret of the 0-10 Air Force fire fighting truck now’ stationed at the airport through the courtesy of the Air Force.

Fifty firemen took part in the training, including personnel from the city department, Pueblo County Rural Department and the Pueblo Ordnance Depot Department.

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