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September 23, 2011 | General

Trial by fire at EIA

Fire, smoke and ‘victims’ help train emergency responders

September 27, 2011 (Edmonton, Alta.) – Edmonton International Airport’s (EIA) Emergency Response Services were put to the test today, as they responded to a simulated plane crash.  The Mobile Aircraft Fire Trainer (MAFT) was used in the mock emergency scene.  The MAFT is a fully-contained system that can help provide training in controlling and putting out fires.

“Edmonton International Airport serves our communities, and critical to that responsibility is the ability to effectively handle a crisis situation,” said Reg Milley, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “We are really fortunate to have great partners in the Capital Region.”

WestJet staff, local volunteers, and emergency responders from Leduc County and the City of Leduc also participated in the exercise.  EIA emergency crews are trained to respond together with community partners to deal with emergencies in the Capital Region. The exercise was a continuation of the June 8, 2011 exercise conducted by the City of Leduc, which was the first use of an MAFT in a Canadian city.

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