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Smoke at DFW

If you happen to see fire and burning activity at DFW Airport, it is our state-of-the-art Fire Training Research Center in action. During our training periods, you will see black smoke as a result of these training fires. Below, you will find the schedule for those training periods. 


The DFW Fire Training Research Center trains fire fighters locally, nationally and internationally in the specialty of airport / aircraft fire fighting. We use many different aircraft-designed mock-ups, and purposely ignite the mock-ups to train these fire fighters. During training periods you will see black smoke as a result of these training fires. The rising smoke that you see quickly dissipates into the atmosphere which is a way to know the smoke you see is from the training fires. The DFW FTRC uses clean burning propane and a liquid fuel called E-III – both are environmentally friendly. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continually monitors the training fires to ensure state and federal guidelines are followed. 

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Fire Training Schedule

February 2017 Training Dates
February 27-28: 8am - 4pm

March 2017 Training Dates
March 1:        8am - 3p,
March 2:        8am - 9pm (Some night-time fires)
March 3:        8am - 5pm
March 7:        8am - 9pm (Some night-time fires)
March 8:        8am - 5pm
March 9-10:   8am - 5pm
March 14:      8am - 9pm (Some night-time fires)
March 15-16: 8am - 5pm
March 21:      8am - 5pm
March 23:      8am - 12pm
March 27:      2pm - 9pm (Some night-time fires)
March 28;      8am - 5pm
March 29-30  8am - 12noon

*Changes to the above schedule may occur. Please take note that fire training research activity may extend past scheduled times.
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