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Airport Hot Drill

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Some drivers got a real scare today while driving past Erie International Airport.
 But what looked like an aircraft fire was really just a drill. But a very realistic exercise called a hot drill.
 A simulator, resembling a small jet, is set on fire using propane. Then trainers work with firefighters from Erie and other airports in the region, plus area volunteers.
 The experts say it is very important that the firefighters know the best way to handle a dangerous fire in an aircraft.
 Trainer Tim Imperio said, "It is very critical like a mind-matter thing. If something happens they will automatically be able to put a wheel fire out, an engine fire, an interior fire, open up a door, open up an exit. It is very good training."
Airport Fire Chief Tim Crane said, "You need it every year to hone your skills. ven though we are training every year you still need a live burn with air packs , dragging out victims and stuff like that."
 The hot drills will continue through Thursday. A major disaster drill, simulating a plane crash, is scheduled for Wednesday evening.
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