ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — This week, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) is conducting live-fire emergency training. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates annual “Live Burn” training for all airports to maintain certification.
“This is something that they train for, we hope they’re never going to have to use… but, should they do it, we want them to be able to react as effortlessly as possible.”Brad Boettcher – Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport
Education and training in many places have been taken to a virtual place online due to COVID-19 restrictions. ROA Director of Public Safety Ben Cook says this hands-on training is a must for the safety of everyone.
“A virtual environment is good for some things but you got to get out here and you got to experience it for real. Because if we had an incident then it’s not going to be virtual, we have to be out here with it.”Ben Cook – Director of Public Safety, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport
In a real emergency, the firetrucks use a foaming chemical to put out the fire. Due to environmental concerns instead of foam, they use water with sensors to detect temperature changes, shutting off the fuel used in this training simulation.
“The simulator also gives us a chance to practice rescue. We can go inside to see what it’s like in a confined dark smokey environment and actually pull somebody out. Which is not an easy feat.”Ben Cook – Director of Public Safety, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport
Training will continue all week at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. Training is held in a safe location away from runways and other planes, vehicles, or personnel.
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