County warns public about fire training drills at Half Moon Bay Airport

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If you’re driving past Half Moon Bay Airport this week and see fires shooting from a plane, don’t panic — all is safe.

In fact, the fiery scene at 9850 Cabrillo Highway will occur in order to promote safety.

From Wednesday through Friday, the Half Moon Bay Airport will be the setting of a series of live and simulated fire training drills for its staff and that of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Fire Department, according to San Mateo County officials. The live fire drills are required every year by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Staff at county airports also attend training to enhance safety at local airports.

“The Industrial Emergency Council (IES) will use its self-contained mobile simulated aircraft fire trainer (photo attached) to provide a realistic experience,” the county said in a statement. “During this period, airport users and local residents can expect to see SFO fire trucks, flames and smoke.”