Lee's Summit Tribune

Home
CATEGORIES
Welcome
News
Community
Health
Downtown Lee's Summit
R-7 School News
Greenwood,MO
Lake Lotawana, MO
Contact Us
Obituaries
Opinion
Sports
Mavericks
Scouting News
VFW News
Lee's Summit Council Updates
Police Blotter
Election-Legals
Help Wanted

Welcome to the new home of Lee's Summit Tribune. We are dedicated to providing you the most current and accurate news and events in Lee's Summit
Home » News » KCFD Works With Secret Service

KCFD Works With Secret Service

KCFD Works With Secret Service

August 2, 2014

Courtesy photo

By Mallory Ragon
CityDesk@lstribune.net


President Obama landed at Kansas City International Airport just after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. A small group of guests and representatives of the media arrived on the Tarmac about an hour before Air Force One landed, but the work of the ground crew began much earlier.

Matthew Mauer, battalion chief of the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department Aircraft Rescue Division, said he was initially notified of the visit about a week and a half ago and had his first meeting with the secret service last Friday.

In addition to standard airport checks and procedures, Mauer had a team of nine at the ready for the occasion, and they spent much of Tuesday training on a borrowed 747, the same model as the president's plane—though Obama’s is a heavily modified version. Mauer explained that they don’t see many 747s and want to ensure they have a comprehensive understanding of the aircraft in case something were to go awry. In preparation of the visit they placed three crash trucks at the landing site and one additional at its parking destination.

All vehicles, personnel and equipment were searched thoroughly by secret service and a K-9 unit.

Mauer and his crew also spent time working with the Air Force One advance team and reviewing the secret service’s procedures, including where on the plane the president is located during landing and takeoff in case of emergency. They were also given instruction to ensure they wouldn't compromise any of the standard security procedures that accompany the president's travel. Though much of that information is protected by a nondisclosure agreement, the air space is closed and airport security is instructed to defer to the secret service first if there is a call from another area of the airport.

"They got a big responsibility," Mauer said, "so we try not to make it worse for 'em."




Bookmark and Share

Leave a reply

*Your name:
*Your email: (email won't be published)
Your website: (optional)
*Comment:
*CAPTCHA: CAPTCHA

Other Recent Articles from the News Category:

SEARCH

PAST WEEK'S TOP 5
Page Views: 18,223
The Evidence Of Faith’s Substance What compels Iraqi Christians to cling to Jesus Christ
Page Views: 5,098
Lee's Summit Economic Development Council Board of Directors Endorse Airport Expansion
Page Views: 3,249
Twenty-five Year Resident Stunned About Districts Attempts To Raise Property Taxes And How They’re Justifying Comments
Page Views: 1,569
EPA Inspection Reveals Violations of Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule for Sedalia, Mo., Renovation Company
Page Views: 1,525
Town Hall Discussion On A Regional Plan For The Arts, This Monday Sept. 8
CITY LINKS
City of Lee's Summit
LS R7
LS Economic Dev Council
LS Tourism
LS Chamber
LS Parks & Rec

SCHOOL LINKS
LSCCS
RANDOM PICK
Cub Scout Pack 54 Announces Advancements
Cub Scout Pack 54 Announces Advancements
Home  | 
Copyright © 2009 Lee's Summit Tribune
Developed by Gaxio