New equipment at Meadows Field Airport ready to fight fires, responds to hangar ablaze

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A widow is still grieving Monday, after a hangar at Meadows Field Airport caught fire, destroying the invaluable contents inside.

The woman who owned the 5th wheel trailer and boat inside the storage area, said she was so upset about the fire, that when she got the initial phone call, she threw up.

She told 23 ABC that there were pictures, expensive fishing rods and other things inside both toys that she'll never be able to get back.

She said her children would often take the recreational vehicles out and bring her along, creating happy family memories. Now she's hoping insurance will cover some of the loss.

When it comes to how safe the hangar is now, the owner, Bakersfield Jet Center, said they're not letting anyone inside until it's cleared by a building inspector.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, according to Kern County Fire. According to Captain Tyler Townsend, there was nothing suspicious about this fire. Others say it was a fluke, and are happy no one was hurt.

The first responder to the fire was the brand new Crash Truck, ARFF, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting vehicle. The Meadows Field Airport Fire Station just cleared the vehicle four days ago, Sunday was it's first fire response.

One of the most advanced functions of the ARFF is the "snozzle". It's part crane, part camera and part fire hose.

The arm can extend fifty feet, it has an infrared camera on it to allow firefighters to see if there are any people on board. and there is a PAST, penetrating aircraft skin trainer, that pierces the plane and shoots water into the area to extinguish the fire.

In all this vehicle has four different hoses to extinguish a blaze. It carries 4,500 gallons of water, and the crew can respond to a plane on the runway during an emergency in less than 3 minutes.

The vehicle is made to be run by a one man crew, as only two men work the station at the airport.

On Sunday, when ARFF 2 responded to the blaze, because the fire was on the other side of the hangar, outside the airport, the vehicle could not do much. The firefighter instead helped provide access to other crews coming in.

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