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MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

With more than 1.4 million passengers now flying out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, there's always the possibility of something going wrong.

"If a passenger has experienced some kind of medical issue, we call out to Mesa Fire Station 215, they'll respond in minutes and treat that patient on scene," said Brian Sexton with Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

"We've had to support the airport, support the airlines, when they've had emergency landings.  And in some cases, we've had situations where people have come in and had medical emergencies," said Capt. Forrest Smith with Mesa Fire Department.

The difference between this station and your neighborhood fire station is the specialty training needed to work here.

"What's great about this is knowing there's a safety net that you have emergency medical personnel, firefighters, paramedics, trained in aircraft firefighting," added Smith.

Foam 22 is the granddaddy of fire engines. As opposed to your standard fire truck, this one is self-sustained, with 3,000 gallons of water, 400 gallons of foam, and 450 pounds of a substance called Purple K. 

"Purple K is a metal extinguishing agent," said Chuck Gaetjens with Mesa Fire Department. "'A-Triple F foam is for putting out fuel fires. Using the two together, which this truck will do, will put out every fire we have in front of us."  

Foam 22 is also equipped with dozens of tools used to cut and pry the skin of an aircraft. 

In addition to the airport, Fire Station 215 is always on standby to help out in the surrounding community if needed. 

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