Kirksville Regional Airport is prepared and ready for the worst

<p> The Kirksville Regional Airport is ready to be the first line of defense with an aircraft rescue and firefighting truck. </p><p> </p>

The Kirksville Regional Airport is ready for rapid response in the case of a plane crash or fire.

Since the crash of American Connection Flight 5966 in October 2004, the airport has had an aircraft rescue and firefighting truck or ARFF to help keep up with safety for commercial aircraft and high traffic volume.

The airport crew has everything from fire suits to breathing masks and a few additional items.

"It's not different from what Kansas City or St. Louis would have. It has specific tools on it to fight aircraft fires. It can be operated by one man with a turn upfront that has different hose capabilities to get into aircraft with and is the type of vehicle that can go places fire trucks can't go," said Kirksville Regional Airport Director Glenn Balliew.

Balliew also said that if a major emergency were to happen at the airport, the crew have to be on the scene in 3 minutes or less to help save lives or take out a fire.

The airport director and operators have to be trained and certified in firefighting from both the FAA and the Kirksville Fire Department.