Press Release Article


Date: Mar 14, 2002
Press Release Number: 20-2002

Port Authority Police officers will soon be able to hone their aircraft firefighting skills with a new $6 million, environmentally advanced, computer-controlled aircraft fire trainer at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra announced today. The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a project to design, install, and train personnel in the use of the new equipment at its monthly meeting today.

The new “Specialized Aircraft Fires Trainer,” which can simulate many different aircraft fire conditions, reflects the agency’s long-standing commitment to provide intensive specialized training for members of the Port Authority Police Department. It will feature a mock-up of an aircraft fuselage that can simulate smaller fires in areas such as the cockpit, aisles, lavatories, cargo bays and engines. The new trainer will be integrated into the existing one, which simulates aircraft fuel spills and has been in use since June 1998. The equipment is environmentally sound, relying on propane and regulated by computers so that the burning process is clean and efficient.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “The Port Authority Police Department is the best-trained in the nation in responding to airport emergencies. This added component will make them even better prepared, by allowing them to train under conditions resembling an actual emergency. And the training will be carried out with the greatest possible concern for the environment.”

Port Authority Chairman Sinagra said, “Fighting airplane fires is a unique skill that requires unique equipment. The Port Authority Police Department is known for exceptional professionalism and high standards, and its members deserve state-of-the-art training techniques.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “At our airports, safety is first and foremost. That is why all Port Authority Police Department officers assigned to airports go through vigorous aircraft firefighting training at least once a year.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “It’s the Port Authority’s responsibility to be prepared for any emergency. This new facility will allow our police officers to learn the most advanced aircraft firefighting techniques under a wide variety of conditions.”

The current training system, already one of the most comprehensive in the nation, allows officers to train under fuel spill fire conditions. The Specialized Aircraft Fires Trainer enables officers to practice passenger rescue and firefighting under 13 additional fire scenarios.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires yearly aircraft rescue and firefighter certification exercises for the Port Authority’s airports, including Teterboro. All Port Authority Police officers receive aircraft firefighting and first responder emergency medical training.

The Specialized Aircraft Fires Trainer will be completed in fall 2003.

The Port Authority Police Department is the 23rd largest law enforcement agency in the United States with approximately 1,300 sworn personnel.

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