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Inferno at Phuket Airport confirmed as fire training

PHUKET: Heavy black smoke billowing into the sky at Phuket International Airport yesterday (March 29) was no cause for alarm as the smoke and huge fire on an open expanse at the end of the apron was only an emergency rescue exercise, airport officials have confirmed.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 30 March 2017, 12:10PM


Emergency response teams totalling 50 officers took part in the drill, Charoon Nakthongkaew, Deputy Chief of Phuket International Airport’s Fire Fighting and Rescue Department told The Phuket News.

The exercise was conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 10am to midday, Mr Charoon said.

“This training exercise was provided in order to prepare officials in how to react in an emergency, and this type of training is held every three months,” he explained.

“This particular exercise aws designed to ensure that officials responded appropriately, and quickly, to NFPA standard. The target is for any fire at the airport to be brought under control within three minutes. The fire teams yesterday did a good job,” Mr Charoon added.

 

 

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swerv | 01 April 2017 - 12:35:20

Kurt: It was over and done with in minutes so why the drama?

Kurt | 31 March 2017 - 13:18:44

Breath taking, such a fire drill near touch down/take off strip.
Very unusual. Such fire drills with open lovely smoke settings, etc, as shown, should not be done at a operational international airport.
For that you have operational fire drill locations, away from a International airport.
Can you imagine, a aircraft light fuel tanker drives there, with a driver falling asleep ( very common here...

Phuket Pollution | 31 March 2017 - 04:55:57

The Thai's love pollution and fires!

BenPendejo | 30 March 2017 - 13:17:51

Silly exercise, really.  Having these guys standing around flaming fuel to see if they can put it out in 3 minutes doesn't indicate anything.  As I live in this area, it does indicate that little planning went into this exercise to ensure that a massive black smoke cloud didn't blow into the active approach to the airport...which it did.  No surprise though...very unprofessional.

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