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Firefighting Equipment Shortages / Airports #204238

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 24, 1969
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(Studio) Govt. Safety investigator, John Reed, says airport conditions reaching danger point. Tells Senator Aviation sub-committee 1 problem is inadequate firefighting equipment.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) Film shown of jet on fire, and firefighting methods. [Airline Pilots Association Spokesperson Vic HEWES - says 194 of 553 airports have no fire and rescue equipment. Chart shown of cities with no service.] Panama City airport has only hand equipment.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Panama City, Florida) [Mayor J. W. SILCOX - says would take 5-7 minutes to respond to airline fire.] [HEWES - says equipment should be based on airport and be there in 3 mins.] Federal Aviation Administration recommends protection, but doesn't require it.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(No Location Given) [Federal Aviation Administration Airport Services Director Chester BOWERS - says question of what is practical as far as equipment goes makes decision.] [HEWES - hopes airport fire equipment there if needed.]
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Palm Springs, California) Airport depends on city firehse. Trial run from house to airport takes 2:55; would take longer in real run. [Fire Chief Warren EMPEY - says capabilities limited] [Airport Mgr. Ed COLBY - says money needed.]
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Westchester Cnty., New York) Fire protection given at cost of $7,500 yearly Airport personnel double as firemen. [Airport Mgr. J. L. REMMERT - says cost great, but danger and cost of fire more.] Only Washington requires equipment at airports.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

Dean, Morton;
Mudd, Roger

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