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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Contact: Joe McBride
Mobile Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Trainer Being Used at KCI Airport This Week
Citizens should not be concerned if they see a plume of smoke or an aircraft seemingly on fire at Kansas City International Airport.
This week the Kansas City Fire Department Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit is conducting training for its staff as well as structural units from Kansas City and the surrounding area.
Appearing much like an aircraft fuselage, the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer (MAFT) provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters to "Train as They'll Fight" on their own turf and with their own equipment. Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the operation of the MAFT is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute.
Training with the MAFT allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with off-airport mutual aid fire departments and together learn the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs. The fire fighting will occur with specialized ARFF trucks as well as hoses from trucks used in structural fires.
This activity will be near the U.S. Post Office and Terminal A. To experience aircraft fire fighting at night, training will occur Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 11 p.m. and daylight training will occur from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
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For more information, contact Joe McBride, Aviation Department, (816) 243-3164.
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