Posted on: April 6, 2017

Bellingham Airport Conducts Aircraft Firefighting Simulation

Bellingham Airport Conducts Aircraft Firefighting Simulation

[Bellingham, Wash.] Bellingham International Airport will be conducting live-fire trainings in support of its Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) operations for the next two weeks. Starting on April 11 Bellingham Airport ARFF and Bellingham Fire Department crews will take part in multiple scenario-based exercises to strengthen the mutual aid partnership between the two agencies and improve ARFF education and training, tactics and response.

In the past, ARFF certification training have occurred outside of the area and recently out of state, but this year the program will take place on site, allowing operations employees to gain valuable experience with tools, vehicles, and gear that would be used at BLI in a real-world emergency. The new approach will save approximately $15,000 annually in travel and overtime costs while maintaining BLI employees’ live-fire certifications.

The drills will be staged within airport boundaries. Members of the public should not be alarmed if they see smoke, firefighting apparatus, and unusual activity in the vicinity. Trainings will take place both day and night. Commercial flights will not be affected by the training, and the airport will remain open and fully operational. 

For More Information:
Michael Hogan (360) 676-2500
Marie Duckworth (360) 671-5674

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