Portland Jetport to host firefighting training exercise Tuesday

Posted April 29, 2013, at 5:44 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Fire Department’s Air Rescue and Firefighting Division will conduct a training exercise from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Portland International Jetport.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said Monday the exercise will consist of firefighters responding to a fire onboard an airplane at the jetport.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires the exercise on an annual basis for first responders, Clegg said. It involves a live burn using a mock passenger section of an airplane.

Among those participating are the Brunswick, South Portland and Scarborough fire departments, along with fire officials from the Bar Harbor Airport, Clegg said.

Portland’s ARFF division is located at the jetport and maintains a platoon of city firefighters with specialized training, along with equipment necessary for responding to emergencies at a major airport.