Alaska Firefighters Train for Aircraft Accidents

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Kenai, Alaska Fire Department hosted a mass casualty aircraft accident training exercise. The simulation included a passenger plane crash and a vehicle crash.

Twenty-five victims were rescued from the aircraft prop at the PRISM training facility in Kenai during the drill. Firefighters were also faced with an aircraft fully involved with fire as they arrived on scene.

Members of Kenai Fire Department, Central Emergency Services, Nikiski Fire Department and LifeGuard Providence were on hand to treat and transport all of the victims to Central Peninsula Hospital in nearby Soldotna. Kenai Fire Department handled the triage and staging areas as well as the initial firefighting efforts.

The event coordinator, Firefighter Greg Coons of KFD, reported that the exercise went as planned and reported all 25 victims were rescued and transported to the hospital within 90 minutes of the supposed crash.