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BGFD Excels at Airport Training Requirements


TO: ALL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION
DATE: April 12, 2013 CONTACT: Kim Lancaster
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 270.393.3642

BGFD EXCELS AT AIRPORT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Bowling Green, KY – The City of Bowling Green Fire Department recently took part in the periodic certification inspection of the Bowling Green-Warren County Airport conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Part 139 Airport Certification was revised in 2004 and requires airports serving scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft designed for more than 9 passenger seats but less than 31 passenger seats to pass multiple aspects of a review including airport fire department training requirements.

During March 13 and 14, 2013, Airport Certification Safety Inspector Jim Price visited the BG/WC airport to conduct the inspection. The BGFD was tested on a variety of aspects including aircraft familiarization, aircraft evacuation, airport familiarization and more.

All 12 fire fighters stationed at the Airport Fire Station are required to obtain specialized training regarding driving the aircraft fire fighting truck and completing an annual pit burn which involves extinguishing jet fuel. Although any fire fighter may cover a shift at the airport station, at least two trained aircraft fire fighting truck drivers must be on duty at all times.

In addition, the BGFD was required to respond to a simulated plane crash in a maximum of three minutes. During this process, staff is not aware of when or where the simulated crash will take place. A radio call is received and their time will start immediately. When the exercise took place, staff was able to reach the fire in 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

According to Rob Barnett, Manager of the BG/WC Airport, the BGFD received exceptional reviews during a verbal out brief from the Safety Inspector and met or exceeded all of their requirements.

A formal written review will be presented in two to three months.

For more information, please contact Kim Lancaster at 393-3642.