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Thunder Bay International Airport offers an environmentally friendly fossil fuel based training area that provides realistic training scenarios for Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Personnel.


Fossil fuel based capability offers more realistic experience while adhering to environmental guidelines.

Thunder Bay Airport can offer scenarios equivalent to an actual aircraft accident/ incident. Any number of scenarios may be developed to suit the needs of the customer. Training materials are equivalent to those utilized in an actual aircraft accident/ incident. All fire scenarios are in accordance with CARS 323.

No Propane Here

The firefighters will use their skills to combat high temperature "TEKFLAME" fuel fires. This fuel was specifically developed to train Aircraft Firefighters in flammable liquid fires.

Training Tailored to Meet Your Needs

Training scenarios will be tailored to the customer's needs. Each participant will be required to use and develop the skills to successfully create and maintain a fire free evacuation area without the aid of manual termination. With this type of training, once the fire is lit it will be the firefighter that controls the fire until total suppression is achieved. A typical drill will involve an 600 ltr spill of tekflame fuel over water into a 555 m2 containment area. As an alternative, the entire training area of 1110 m2 can be used. The fire will be extinguished with 6% AFFF (and the option of Purple K powder).

Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience operating:

  • Waltek Model C-5500P, Foam Truck Medium; including Drive and Pump engines and having 4 wheel drive capability for on and off road use and operation.
  • The Waltek C-5500P is specially configured to combat fires of fuels involved in Aircraft accidents/ incidents in and around airports with single occupant operation
  • Firefighting Capabilities - 5500 L Water, 660 L 6% AFFF Foam, 225 Kg Purple K Dry Chemical
  • Dual Agent Turret, Reach of Stream 52m +
  • Maximum Discharge Time 115 seconds
  • 3000 L/min @ 1310 kPa Foam (HIGH)
  • 1500 L/min @ 1310 kPa Foam (LOW)
  • 6.8 Kg/Sec Dry chemical
  • Air aspirating Nozzle
  • 2 X Handlines, 178m each side
  • 360 L/min Foam or water, Bubble Jet nozzles, Dual Agent Booster, 33 metres, 227 L/min Foam, 2.3 Kg/Sec Air Aspirating nozzle
  • Undertruck Nozzles Air Aspirated 65 L/min
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Drager PA-90 Series AirBoss, Panorama NovaMask
  • 2216 PSI Cylinders
  • All drills meet the requirements of the Canadian Aviation Regulation 303 Standard 323 governing Aircraft Firefighter training in Canada.

Packages Custom Tailored to Meet Your Needs

Whether Thunder Bay is your primary choice for training or an intermittent real life petroleum based enhancement to your propane-based regimen, we can tailor training to satisfy your needs.

Meals, lodging and airfare are the responsibility of the customer. A list of accommodations is available upon request.

For more information contact:

Ryan Brading
Manager - Airport Services
Thunder Bay International Airport
1 (807) 473-2617