Atlanta Fire Extinguishes Airfield Danger
By Herschel J. Grangent, Jr.
Their mission is to prevent or mitigate
harm to life, property and the environment, and the men
and women of Atlanta Fire and Rescue who are assigned
to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport strive
each day to do just that.
Recently, the firefighters showcased
their skills for the media.
“We spend most of our time behind
the scenes, and people don’t really get to see what
we do until there is an emergency,” said Atlanta
Fire Chief Harold Miller. “It is good for everyone
to know what services we provide, without having to experience
them during a crisis situation.”
Hartsfield-Jackson has five fire stations, one adjacent
to each runway. Fire Station 33 is the newest, having
opened in May 2006. The facility features a mezzanine
area above the living quarters which allows firefighters
to practice training drills and simulate real-life situations.
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With more than 200 firefighters, the department
can respond to an airfield emergency in less than five minutes.
In addition to aircraft and structural fire protection, Atlanta
Fire and Rescue offers emergency medical protection, hazardous
material cleanup and special response protection to travelers
and Airport employees.
Firefighters displayed their equipment and
uniforms, including crash trucks, medical command units and
stair trucks. The day was highlighted by a fire truck demonstration
showcasing the fire trucks’ spectacular ability to douse
water with precision onto a burning structure.
Airport leadership is very confident in the men and women of
“Safety and security are our top priorities at Hartsfield-Jackson,”
said Aviation Deputy General Manager Mario Diaz. “We are
constantly striving to increase preparedness in responding to
emergency scenarios, and we’re grateful that the men and
women of Atlanta Fire and Rescue play a pivotal role in that
© 2007 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson
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