Roanoke airport conducts burn emergency training all week

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is holding live burn emergency training all week. It allows the airport employees to practice what to do if a plane were to catch on fire.

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They are using an aircraft rescue training simulator. To create the fire, they fill large black mats with propane. Firefighters hit the sensors to start the fire and simulate a real accident. Tanks then use gallons of water to put the fire out.

"This is something that you hope never, ever happens, but you want to train as often and frequently as possible, so that if something does happen, it's instinct and you're just responding as opposed to having to think about what to do," Brad Boettcher, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, said.

Roanoke City and Roanoke County firefighters are taking part in the training.

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