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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Aspen Airport announces Triennial and Live Burn dates

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Aspen/Pitkin County Airport – The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will conduct its FAA-mandated live exercise on Friday June 4, 2021 in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulatory Guidance. This exercise is required every 3 years and is a practical test of the Airport Emergency Plan, airport staff and mutual aid partners. This exercise requires volunteers to act as accident victims and family members to test the airport’s response to incidents. The airport will have added safety measures and protocols in place to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and responders. Interested volunteers must register in advance using the link below.

In addition to the live exercise, the airport will be completing required controlled burns on May 31 through June 4, 2021. As a Federal Aviation Administration requirement, the airport is required to conduct live burn training on an annual basis for all aircraft rescue firefighters. These simulations allow firefighters to train in realistic conditions in an aircraft fuselage prop. Flames will be visible on the west side of the airport, north of the Airport Operations Center, throughout the day starting May 31. Please do not contact 911 or emergency services. This is a controlled, training burn only.

2021 Live Exercise Volunteer Sign Up

Contact: Caroline Bonynge, Airport Director of Operations, Safety & ARFF | office: 970-429-1881 | cell: 970-987-4829 

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