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Jason the Fuelie and EPP Training, Wednesday Jan 31 (JRS)

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Today was sort of a busy day of “other duties, as assigned”.  I had an appointment with the fuelies to learn what they do when a flight is in, and we had some training about the emergency power plant from the people who designed it.

Andy, the Winter Site Manager, was recruiting people to train to be a fuelie, in case the real fuelies had to leave before the last flight, and also to help put away the fuel pit for the winter.  I spent a couple of hours down on the flight line, learning what fuelies do whenever an airplane comes in.  The first thing is to configure the fuel lines to make sure the fuel goes to the correct tank when it is offloaded from the plane.  Then, they walk out on to the flight deck and watch for the incoming plane, reporting when they see it, when it lands, and when it clears the skyway.  It is also their responsibility to marshal in the plane, which was a lot of fun.  It’s pretty crazy to stand out on the taxiway, waving your hands as a C-130 and its four huge propellers are coming at you.
Once the plane is parked, it’s the fuelie’s responsibility to guide the passengers after they unload.  Then, the “fuelie” part of the job begins.  We took a fuel line with a special nozzle on the end of it and brought it out under the wing.  Since it’s so cold here, the planes can not stop the propellers.  So, when we bring out the fuel line, we walk right behind the huge props, which are still spinning.  But, we can’t walk too far back or we get hit by the hot exhaust coming out of the back of the engines.  At that point, we hand it off to one of the plane’s crew members who hooks it up to the offload port.  After they start to pump the fuel off of the plane, we set up a secondary pump to help the fuel along.  We unloaded about 1000 gallons, which is about average.  We then took the fuel line back from the crewman and then told the outgoing passengers that they could board the plane.  Finally, we let Comms know that the plane was getting ready to leave, watched it taxi and take off, and reported that the plane was off deck.  And that was that.  It was a pretty fun time.
Right after that, I had to run into the station for a presentation on the Emergency Power Plant (EPP), given by the folks who designed it, who were at the Pole to sign off on some recent work.  Lynette and I were interested in this because of our emergency response roles.  If there is a problem in the main power plant, which is not in the main station, the emergency power plant, which is inside the station, must be fired up.  So, in certain emergency situations, it’s good for us to know what’s going on inside the EPP.  It was an interesting presentation, and I learned a lot about small power plants.

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