Photos: DFW Airport fire training

D/FW Fire Training Research Center

Credit: WFAA

A mockup of an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet burned at D/FW International Airport's newly-renovated Fire Training Research Center on March 20, 2013.



Posted on March 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 7:17 PM

D/FW AIRPORT — The black smoke could be seen for miles.

But a big fire at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Wednesday was only for training.

A mockup of an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet burned at the airport's newly-renovated Fire Training Research Center.

The $30 million project has state-of-the-art technology to train firefighters from around the world in airport emergencies.

"This is the game-changing idea. This is where new fruit is going to be born to save lives," said Jim Crites, DFW's executive vice president of operations.

In addition to the airplane mock-up, the facility has a new control center and burn pits.

More than 15,000 firefighters have trained at the FTRC since it opened 18 years ago.