First Responders To LaGuardia Plane Skid Say Training Kicked In Immediately

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For the first time, we’re hearing from the elite team of first responders who helped evacuate a plane that skidded of the runway at LaGuardia International Airport Thursday.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, it’s the kind of job where’s there’s no telling what any given day might bring.

And when the Port Authority Aircraft Rescue Firefighting team’s truck pulled out of the garage Thursday, the men inside admit they were a little nervous.

“A little fear and then it turns to, ‘Okay, I have a job to do and I’m going to do that job,” Port Authority ARFF team member Robert Persandi said.

“Your adrenaline is going, you remember your training. It kicks in right away,” Brian Vitale said.

The ARFF team is the most unique in the nation and includes cops trained as firefighters qualified to respond to aircraft disasters.

“(What was it like to…

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