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The Washington State Patrol is investigating a mishap during fire training by the Port of Seattle FIre Departmernt at a state facility on October 25 that left two firefighters with minor burns. KING-TV obtained video of the incident and broadcast it yesterday showing what happens when jet fuel is used to extinguish a mock aircraft fire instead of water.
During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash.
“When the firefighters put water on a fire that had been deliberately developed for training the fire got bigger instead of smaller,” said Bob Calkins of the State Patrol, which is investigating the incident.
Calkins said investigators believe that the academy’s oil/water separator – which recycles the water used for fire training exercises – did not correctly filter the jet fuel used for the exercise from the reclaimed water.