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November 3, 2013

Fire training exercises sharpen skills of Stillwater airport crew

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Regional Airport handles aircraft big and small every day and must be ready for anything to happen.

As part of the Federal Aviation Administration Part 139 Air Carrier designation the airport carries, the facility is required to not only have aircraft rescue and firefighting capabilities, but employees must complete an annual live fire exercise to refine their skills and knowledge in fire and rescue tactics.

Recently, airport employees David Lyons, Tony Chambers and Corbin Reid conducted their training at the OSU Fire Service Training — Professional Skills Center.

“The reason we must go through live fire exercises yearly is so we continue to be proficient in firefighting and rescue up to the level required by the FAA,” said Airport Operations Crew Chief David Lyons.

Personnel must be knowledgeable in 13 different areas for recurrent training such as emergency communications, airport and aircraft familiarization, different fire apparatus equipment, emergency aircraft evacuations and HAZ-MAT.

This training not only benefits the airport in being prepared, but through a relationship with the Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Program, the airport demonstrates their training with fire protection and environmental students.

“We use ARFF personnel to demonstrate types of fire behavior to fire protection students at OSU and we also have environmental students study the effective of spill control,” Lyons said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students at the university to observe these areas.”

 

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