Bellingham, WA – The Bellingham International Airport is currently conducting live-fire trainings in support of its Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) operations. The trainings started on April 11th and will continue for two weeks.
The Bellingham Airport ARFF and Bellingham Fire Department will take part in multiple scenario-based exercises to strengthen the mutual aid partnership between the two agencies and improve ARFF education and training, tactics and response.
In the past, ARFF certification training have occurred outside of the area and recently out-of-state, but this year the program will take place on site, allowing operations employees to gain valuable experience with tools, vehicles, and gear that would be used at Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in a real-world emergency.
The new approach will save approximately $15,000 annually in travel and overtime costs while maintaining BLI employees’ live-fire certifications.
The drills will be staged within airport boundaries. Members of the public should not be alarmed if they see smoke, firefighting apparatus, and unusual activity in the vicinity.
Trainings will take place both day and night. Commercial flights will not be affected by the training, and the airport will remain open and fully operational.