Annual fire training at BGWC Regional Airport

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Fire Department was on the scene Tuesday evening at the Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport but it wasn't to put out flames from a plane crash -- instead it was to to prepare in the event of one.

Fire trucks, not planes, could be seen driving down the runways, as Bowling Green firefighters went through a series of scenarios.

The annual training is an effort to keep firefighters familiar with how the airport runs and what to do in the event of some kind of fire.

In the past, the training would usually involve one large controlled burn, but they decided to switch things up this year.

"This year what we're doing is having three different scenarios where they have to be familiar with the airport," said Susan Harmon, the interim manager of the airport.

It was the second day of the training, bringing in a different shift of firefighters for each day, as teams drew just what scenario they'd be tasked with going through.

"There's so many things that can happen here besides just an airplane crash. There are you know, fuel trucks, there are hangars, there are all kinds of things that can happen out here that people normally wouldn't think about," said Marlee Boenig, spokesperson for the Bowling Green Fire Department.

"There's a lot of different terminology that you have to use when you're at the airport -- different procedures. So we just want to make sure that we have that in our toolbox," Boenig explained.

The last challenge was the more heat-intensive one, with a small controlled burn.

The annual training will conclude Wednesday night.

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