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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Contact: Joe McBride

Mobile Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Trainer to be Used at KCI Airport

Citizens and air travelers should not be concerned if they see a plume of smoke or what appears to be an aircraft on fire at Kansas City International Airport.

For the next several days the Kansas City Fire Department Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit is conducting training at KCI Airport for its staff as well as structural units from Kansas City and the surrounding area. The training was conducted earlier in the week on the far side of Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Recognizing its duty to protect the flying public, the Kansas City Fire Department and Kansas City Aviation Department regularly conduct these training exercises in order to maintain the proficiency in the specialized tactics and equipment required to fight aircraft fires and to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

Appearing much like an aircraft fuselage, the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer (MAFT) provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters to "Train as They'll Fight" on their own turf and with their own equipment. Funded by the FAA and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the operation of the MAFT is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

Training with the MAFT allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with off-airport mutual aid fire departments and together learn the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs. The fire fighting will occur with specialized ARFF trucks as well as hoses from trucks used in structural fires.

This activity will be near the U.S. Post Office and Terminal A. To experience aircraft fire fighting day and night, training will occur April 11-13 from 4:00 pm until complete and April 14-16 8:00 a.m. until complete.

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The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit for more information. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, contact Joe McBride, Aviation Department, (816) 243-3164.

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