Local firefighters train in Columbia

Kirksville firefighters learned new ways to respond to situations like last weekâ??s deadly crash of a small plane outside of Kirksville. They took part in a mandatory FAA class at Columbia Regional Airport last week.

Firefighters worked with landing gear and learned how to combat fires in carry-on luggage spaces. Kirksville Firefighter EMT Silas Springer says the training opened the firefighters minds with ways to help in plane crash situations. For Silas, going through the practice felt like fighting a normal house fire, but the design of the plane made the task a little more difficult.

â??Firefightingâ??s a continuous school. You get your basic service at the beginning of your career and then youâ??re in school for the rest of your life and career. Itâ??s another tool for the tool bag. You just get ready for the day youâ??re possibly going to need it most,â?? Springer said.

Springer says his only thought was about safely getting his partner out of the burning plane used in the training. The FAA training lasted all of last week.