How NATO firefighters practice putting out burning fighter jets
- Firefighters from several NATO countries gathered at Ramstein Air Base in Germany this month to practice putting out a fire on a fighter jet.
- The training used Ramstein's new F-15 Mobile Aircraft Fire Training asset, a mock-up aircraft that's been in development since 2018.
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - The 435th Construction and Training Squadron hosted the NATO Firefighter Fundamentals Course March 9-13 to train for aircraft mishaps and pilot extraction scenarios.Twenty-two NATO firefighters from Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic were the first to train on Ramstein's new F-15 Mobile Aircraft Fire Training asset, a mock-up aircraft in development since 2018. This capability allowed them to share new knowledge with their respective countries' military forces.
Firefighters trained for multiple aircraft crash scenarios during the week. They also learned about potential hazards on F-15 and C-130 aircraft.
"It's a little difficult in some respects with the language barrier," Welborn said, "but every country has someone that speaks English to translate and make it work."Advertisement
One of the key advantages of the MAFT asset is its mobility, said Tech. Sgt. Frank Butler, 435th CTS fire rescue and contingency training noncommissioned officer in charge.
Unlike the fixed location of the C-130 mockup fire trainer near the flight line, airmen can transport the MAFT asset to multiple locations using a trailer. This allows the 435th CTS to conduct more training opportunities in the future.Advertisement
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