Firefighters undergo plane crash training at Spirit Airport

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- Dozens of firefighters converged at Spirit Airport Thursday night and responded to what looked like a flaming plane crash.  But, it was all part of special course in saving lives.  Fire lit up the night skies at Spirit.  It was all part of a simulation created by the folks at the University of Missouri for firefighter training.

Richard Kuhn and instructor said, “It’s something that happens so quickly you don’t have to time think about what you need to do it should come automatically.” It was the final class of four days of learning. The aircraft mock-up is one of the newest around. It can create all sorts of real-life events to keep firefighters on their toes.   Robin Echele with the Monarch Fire Protection District, “More realistic they have cabin fires, overhead fires wheel fires engine fire fuselage fires it’s a very good prop.”

This week 240 firefighters from five different departments took part in the course. The training device they use travels across the country stopping at  airports in 48 states and giving fire crews a chance at fighting a blaze that doesn’t happen that often.  Echele said, “The less you do it, the less calls you have of that nature, the more training you need to do on it to keep you sharp when you do have it.”