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Gazette Premium Content Peterson Air Force Base conducts live fire drills

By Andrea Sinclair Published: November 7, 2013

People seeing smoke near Airport Road and Powers Boulevard Thursday morning should not be alarmed; Peterson Air Force Base will be conducting live fire drills until 11 a.m.

The routine training drills ensure base emergency responders are prepared to handle emergencies on the military installation and at the airport, according to a news release from Peterson's public affairs office.

As a precaution, the public affairs office stated that motorists traveling along the Powers Boulevard corridor and living near the airport should not be alarmed if they see smoke or fire in the area.

"The base fire training center has significant safety controls in place to ensure the training environment remains safe, yet provides the maximum educational environment for the firefighting teams," the news release read.

Peterson firefighters are primarily responsible for responding to all aircraft and civilian airport emergencies.

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