Don’t be too surprised if you see smoke or fire or huge streams of water coming from a field off Drane Field Road this week. Lakeland firefighters are putting out simulated jet fuel fires near the western edge of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport property.

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It’s part of an annual training drill required by the FAA.

In the past, the aircraft rescue and firefighting division traveled to air force bases in Tampa and Miami for the training.

But the city has purchased a propane-powered fire simulator for $15,000. Fire department spokeswoman Janel Vasallo said that actually saves money over the cost of travel.

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45 of Lakeland’s firefighters are trained in aircraft rescue, including all of the ones based at the new Station 7 on airport property.

The training exercises continue through Friday.

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As promised, here’s a video sneak peek at @LakelandFD airport fire training. A lot more on @FOX13News at 6:00.

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) January 12, 2016

The fire simulates an airplane gas leak that has ignited. #Lkld @LakelandFD @FOX13News

— Lucas Bogg (@LucasBoggPhotog) January 12, 2016

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