Cherry Capital Airport Hosts Aircraft Fire, Rescue Training

Throughout Wednesday you may have seen clouds of smoke coming from the Cherry Capital Airport. No worries because it was all part of a special aircraft fire and rescue training.

It’s a requirement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have a training like this every year.

The Traverse City Fire Chief, Jim Tuller says the training is so valuable they would have one anyway.

All day they use unique tactics to fight aircraft fires and mock rescues.

Chief Tuller says, “It’s pretty realistic, we have a soundtrack that has screaming passengers and such and we have training smoke in the aircraft itself so the visibility is very down. It’s as realistic as we can make it.”

The training included Grand Traverse Metro Fire and an instructor from Minnesota.