College provides invaluable assist during airport 'emergency'
– Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer
Artificial smoke pours from the Sabreliner, a fixture at the aviation center since its donation by the Air Force.
The crew of Tanker 20 from Montoursville's Willing Hand Hose Co. is among those answering the call.
A thick haze tests responders' mettle as they enter a "disabled" aircraft.
Firefighters move into position.
Krepps (left) is one of the first "victims" to be led to safety.
Vibrant foliage in the foothills surrounding the airport provides the backdrop for interaction.
A triage-and-transport operation ascertains which injuries merit further attention at a makeshift hospital nearby.
Helpfully pointing the way
Willing Hand's Scott Konkle helps a student alight from the plane.
Manufactured conditions replicate the daily dangers faced by firefighters.
... employing a variety of equipment and expertise to hone their response protocols.
Personnel from five area fire companies took part in the day's operation ...
A Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Co. crew member joins a colleague in carrying a passenger out of harm's way.
A student volunteer fulfills her role.
College alumna and UPMC paramedic Alyssa M. Ogden, who graduated in August 2019 with an associate degree in emergency medical services, assesses a "victim's" condition.
The Challenger, the newest addition to the aviation center's teaching tools, dominates the landscape.
Jets of water shoot from airport-owned apparatus.
The day's simulation attracts multiple fire companies with a singular "safety first" mission.
Pennsdale Volunteer Fire Co. personnel, some of the many serving grateful communities when real disaster strikes