In the wake of the Asiana airplane crash in San Francisco, Shreveport fire fighters tell us the response at the San Francisco Airport would be virtually the same here.
Aviation Task Force Chief David Ebarb says we have the same trucks in Shreveport that they do in San Francisco. "The Osh Kosh Stricker, the techniques are all the same, regardless of what airport it is and the size."
When an aircraft radios back to the tower with an emergency, the airport fire department goes on alert. If there is an accident, the fire department springs into action with their specialized trucks.
Airport fire department trucks are slightly different than regular fire trucks. Chief Ebarb says a normal fire truck carries 500 gallons of water, while airport fire trucks carry 3,000 gallons of water. Also, airport fire trucks can be operated by a single fire fighter while others cannot.
In addition, the airport fire department has a snozzle truck they use to put out fires actually inside of an aircraft. "Our snozzle truck pierces the side of an aircraft so that we can get an interior attack pretty quickly should there be a fire inside the aircraft," says Ebarb.
Along with the snozzle truck, the airport fire department has truck that can "pump and roll" meaning it can spray water while it is in motion.
Ebarb says there hasn't been an serious emergency at Shreveport Regional in about 7 years. He says they expect to have a new snozzle truck at the airport this fall.
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