San Francisco Runway Death Prompts New Training

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO Firefighters who work at San Francisco International Airport are receiving additional training on how to respond to airplane crashes following the Asiana Airlines accident in which a teenage girl was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles while lying wounded on the runway.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that commanding officers from the San Francisco Fire Department's airport division will receive 40 to 80 hours of advanced instruction next year at the Fire Training Research Center at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The Chronicle says instructors from the center already have provided basic disaster response training in San Francisco to 80 of the department's firefighters and paramedics.

According to the newspaper, the three commanders in charge of the Asiana crash had never undergone the disaster training that federal rules require for rank-and-file firefighters assigned to airports.


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