Traverse City Fire Department Annual Training at Cherry Capital Airport

The Traverse City Fire Department spent Wednesday training at Cherry Capital Airport as part of their annual rescue fire training.

It’s called Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and it’s a requirement from the FAA for firefighters on scene at an airport.

With a plane simulator, crews had to put out a fire on the outside then rescue the people inside.

An important scenario to practice because it’s very different than a house fire.

“With an aircraft crash, its immediate and being that the aircraft essentially is a flying fuel tank that also happens to haul people, there’s a huge issue with fuel so instead of burning wood and things like that now we have burning fuel,” said Lieutenant James Smielewski.

Fire crews say the plane’s aluminum will burn through in less than 90 seconds, so they also practice getting on scene in three minutes or less.