Training Day: How aviation firefighters are ready when the time comes
NORTH BEND, Ore. - We see firefighters responding to homes throughout the year, but what we don't often see is the line of defense at the airport.
About 1,500 gallons of water are in the special Airport Fire and Rescue car, which is part of the gear used by a special task force of six aviation firefighters at the North Bend Airport.
They're the first line of defense, coming to the rescue to contain and stop a fire.
"Life safety, that's our number one goal," said Michael Craig, the training officer. "When we arrive on the scene, we're there to get people off the plane and into the safe zone. So we have the tools to be able to do that."
Those tools include hoses, axes, seatbelt cutters and power tools, like a snozle unit.
"When we encounter any kind of fire, if there's any fuel on the ground, we're going to want to get that covered up with foam to suppress the vapors," said Craig.
It's 230 gallons of foam, capable of a two-foot coating on the ground, then comes the water.
It's training like this that has them prepared when they get the call.