Firefighter Responders Lacked Disaster Training at Asiana Crash

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Reports have surfaced claiming that three firefighter responders at the Asiana crash last July, lacked disaster training. Two firefighter commanders, who were not stationed at SFO airport, were not technically required to take the training course, the San Francisco Chronicle noted. The third firefighter, a captain, had been on the job for a month and was scheduled to be in training.

It wasn’t vital that commanders take the disaster course, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said in the Chronicle, calling it “very specialized training,” useful mainly to firefighters directly involved in saving lives after a plane crashed.

The July 6 crash left 181 injured and three dead.

The death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who was alive when she was crushed by an airport fire rig during the rescue, is expected to be discussed during a two-day National Transportation Safety Board hearing this week in the Capitol.

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