Flames Soar in Night Sky: Tampa International Airport Conducts Vital Live Fire Training


In the heart of Tampa Bay’s aviation hub, Specially trained firefighters illuminated the night sky at Tampa International Airport in a crucial live fire training. Conducted multiple times yearly, this intense drill, fueled by jet fuel, sends flames soaring up to 40 feet. While aircraft incidents are rare, officials stress the necessity of highly skilled firefighters prepared for high-hazard events.

Tampa International Airport’s firefighters engage in frequent live fire training, emphasizing preparedness for rare but high-risk scenarios. Donning specialized suits, each firefighter faces the jet fuel fire, hotter and more challenging than typical blazes. This unique training is a certification requirement, showcasing expertise in handling extraordinary situations.

Jet fuel-soaked metal frames simulate aircraft emergencies, adding realism to the training. Tampa Fire Rescue’s Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Division ensures readiness for unexpected challenges. Equipped with 3,000 gallons of water and foam, powerful firefighting trucks stand ready to combat intense fires, providing essential control in scorching conditions.

Participation in live fire exercises immerses firefighters in real-world scenarios, preparing them for the challenges of catastrophic accidents. This commitment reflects the airport’s dedication to safety. Announcing another live fire training on Jan. 17-18, from 6:30-7:15 p.m., Airport Division Chief James Billotte underscores the airport’s commitment to proactive emergency preparedness and response. These critical exercises, vital for airport safety, continue to fortify Tampa International Airport’s ability to respond swiftly and effectively in unforeseen circumstances.