South Bend International Airport to Conduct Annual Live Fire Training Monday, May 21, 2018

South Bend, IN. – The St. Joseph County Airport Authority (SJCAA) Department of Public Safety will be conducting its annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fire training with live burns on Monday, May 21, 2018 from approximately 8:00 a.m. until Noon at the live fire training facility on the northwest corner of the airfield at South Bend International Airport (SBN).

The fire safety training is mandated by the FAA under FAR Part 139 for any entity specializing in Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF). All thirteen SJCAA Safety Officers will work together to put out the live fires.

“The FAA fire training with live burns is conducted annually to ensure our team is timely, effective and proficient in putting out large flammable liquid fuel fires,” said SJCAA Department of Public Safety Chief Mike Ornat. “Safety is held to the highest standard across all sectors at the airport. Training procedures like this help our team stay equipped and alert for our traveling public.”

 Media must arrive promptly at 9:00 a.m. and report to Airport Information in the terminal to be escorted to the fires.

 About South Bend International Airport

South Bend International Airport’s four air carriers provide nonstop flights to twelve cities:  Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City/Newark, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend International’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year. According to the 2012 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, South Bend International’s total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $1.7 billion.

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