WUFT News

How the Gainesville Regional Airport Prepares for Plane Crashes

By on July 9th, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a full investigation into Asiana commercial airplane crash at San Francisco International Airport that left two dead Saturday and sent almost 200 people to nearby hospitals.

Gainesville Fire Rescue has a special group of firefighters who train for such disasters.

Click here to download an NTSB database of accidents at Gainesville Regional Airport since 1982.

Joseph Hillhouse, GFR fire training captain, said his Aircraft Fire Rescue team is getting ready for a drill that prepares them in the event of a large-scale disaster at Gainesville Regional Airport.

“We actually conduct a full-scale mass casualty incident, so we’ll simulate a downed aircraft and then our AFR personnel will respond to that to extinguish the fire, and normal response personnel will show up to handle the medical side,” said Hillhouse.

Aircraft Fire Rescue firefighting is completely different from standard structural fire fighting, he said. Members of the team require an 80-hour course certification in order to work at Gainesville Regional Airport, and there are federal guidelines about how many firefighters need to be on duty at one time.

Under those guidelines, Gainesville Regional Airport is required to have one fire truck and one firefighter present at all times.

“As an additional level of safety, we have two trucks and two firefighters that are stationed out there,” Hillhouse said.

Although no major commercial airlines have crashed into Gainesville Regional Airport, there have been six fatalities in two accidents during the past decade — three in April 2006 and three in November 2008.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Cars travel through the two-lane trial section of NW 8th Avenue just east of NW 34th Street in Gainesville on November 21st. The blacked-out lines from the previous setup are still visible.

Community Members Urge City to Keep NW 8th Ave. Two Lanes

University Park Neighborhood residents and other community members are urging the Gainesville City Commission to keep 8th Avenue as a two-lane road for safety reasons.


The Alachua County Energy Management team is upgrading lights in county-owned building parking lots to light-emitting diode (LED). County officials estimate the new update to save the county a total of $10,000 annually on electricity bill.

Alachua Updates Parking Lots With LED Technology

The Alachua County Energy Management team will be upgrading lights in all county-owned building parking lots to light-emitting diode (LED). The county estimates the new update will save the county a total of $10,000 annually on electricity bills.


The Alachua County Sheriff's Office came before the board to request additional funds at the county commission meeting Tuesday. A motion to allocate $500,000 in capital outlay was passed 4-1.

County Commission Votes on Sheriff’s Office’s Request for Additional Funds

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office came before the board of commissioners to request additional funds at the Alachua County Commission meeting Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office asked for $970,000 for replacement vehicles and a 3 percent salary increase for servicemen and women. A motion to allocate $500,000 was passed 4-1.


Construction On Main Street Causes Inconvenience

The S Main Street northbound lane closed on Nov. 10 for construction at its intersection with Depot Avenue. The construction proved to be an inconvenience for motorists, business owners and residents alike.


Parents of Gainesville High School students line up at Planet Fitness to pick up their students after a bomb threat. Students and staff were evacuated from GHS after a threat was called in around noon.

Gainesville High School Receives Two Additional, Identical Bomb Threats

Gainesville High School received a bomb threat and subsequently evacuated all students and staff to a nearby Planet Fitness parking lot on Wednesday. GHS received two additional, identical threats Thursday morning, but the school has not been evacuated.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments