Rapid City Fire Department ARFF completes its annual required training, US
Part of the Rapid City Fire Department, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) in South Dakota in the US, participated in its annual required training Monday afternoon, 26 September 2022.
With a live fire and mock aircraft, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all airports with commercial traffic to go through ARFF training every 12 months. They were also joined by other stations because they would be the ones called in to help if a real situation were to occur.
“We have to be able to have these trucks out of the station and out to an aircraft fire in three minutes flowing water, that is the standard,” Captain Neill Goodart, Station 8, said. “Today, crews are fighting an aircraft on fire, as well as rescuing civilians who are trapped inside. The Station 8 crew is practicing with the aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) truck.”
“It’s nice for us to get out here and see what it’s like and hopefully in the future, we can do more of that,” Kevin Sosa, a fire fighter with the Rapid City Fire Department, said. There are 14 fire fighters here at Station 8 at the Rapid City Airport. The fire department is incorporating other stations in this scenario which they don’t usually see.”
“Any time that we’re able to do something that is different, something that is outside the norm for us, we’re always willing to jump in and do that because there’s so few and far between,” said Sosa. “This type of training is really valuable to us because we don’t get this opportunity to do it all the time.”
“It went really well; this is something we don’t get to do a lot. We don’t really have fuselages that show up that we can make good use of and spray water in, beat on a little bit. It was great for our specialists to come out and use their training prop and get the scenario and the training completed,” Sosa said.
This training is an annual event for the fire fighters at the Rapid City Airport.
“We train year-round, this is just the culmination of it all where we get to train with live fire and it’s always a good time for the fire fighters to get to do that,” Captain Goodart said.
Sources: News Centre1, Keloland News