Firefighters Use Jet Fuel On Fire Instead Of Water - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Firefighters Use Jet Fuel On Fire Instead Of Water

SEATTLE, Wash. - An October firefighting exercise goes wrong in Seattle when firefighters mistakenly throw fuel on a fire instead of water.
There was already a problem at the aircraft mock-up that Port of Seattle firefighters use for training. When the fire unexpectedly grew too big, firefighters tried to activate the automatic extinguisher system  that's supposed to pour water on the flames.

Bob Calkins of Washington State Patrol says, "when the firefighters put water on a fire that had been deliberately developed for training the fire got bigger instead of getting smaller". 
Firefighters realized that somehow the jet fuel they use to fuel their training was in their water lines. Two firefighters suffered slight burns in an exercise that quickly became too hot to handle.

"So we've shut that particular training mock-up down. We're having experts come in and look at the incident itself and our oil/water separator and see what we need to do to make this safe for everybody"

The oil/water separator is the device that is supposed to recycle the water used in training exercises and separate out flammable fuels and oil. That didn't happen so jet fuel was in the water tank that feeds the mock-up's fire suppression system and supplies water to the fire engines.

The State Patrol has hired an expert to determine if it was the fault of academy workers or a malfunctioning oil/water separator.
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