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    Fifth Wednesdays provide mutual aid training for first responders

    Fifth Wednesdays provide mutual aid training for first responders

    Photo By Charles Delano | First responders with the city of Cheyenne, Laramie county and F.E. Warren Air Force...... read more read more



    Story by Senior Master Sgt. Charles Delano 

    153rd Airlift Wing

    First responders with F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne Fire and Rescue, and Laramie County Fire Districts one, two, five, six and eight gathered, Wednesday, at the 153rd Airlift Wing flightline to learn how to respond to aircraft and helicopter incidents.

    This joint training between civilian and military firefighters formed as a result of brainstorming among Cheyenne, Laramie County, Air Force and Air National Guard fire chiefs about how firefighters would respond to a military aircraft emergency that happened outside of a base.

    By the end of the summer in 2017, fire chiefs from the local area transformed their brainstorming into a reality by designating mutual aid training on months with five Wednesdays.

    “This is an opportunity for relationships to be built,” said Jason Caughey, Laramie County Fire District #2 fire chief. “In a real world incident this training builds that confidence level and trust on fire ground.”

    Wyoming Air National Guard Fire Chief Senior Master Sgt. Micheal Kellebrew began the training by presenting attendees with an overview of the firefighting, first response, and urban search and rescue capabilities of the 153rd Fire Emergency Services Flight. He described the types of emergency vehicles and firefighting equipment the Guard has to respond to incidents on-base and airport. Kellebrew finished by discussing the mutual aid capabilities of the department as well as airport response requirements.

    “These events play a critical role in the effectiveness of our agencies to work together on any emergency and ensures that we are ready to respond to any emergency in the community,” said Kellebrew.

    A Wyoming Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight crew with G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation and a U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey helicopter flight crew with the 37th Helicopter Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, demonstrated egress and ingress techniques and identified hazards to avoid when approaching a downed helicopter.

    Wyoming ANG firefighters took first responders through a C-130H Hercules aircraft pointing out operational hazards, techniques for approaching an aircraft during an incident, and egress of onboard personnel.

    “This joint training opens our eyes to more of what we do in the fire service,” said Greg Hoggatt, Cheyenne Fire and Rescue fire chief. “We need to learn from you the basics of crash fire rescue in case we have to respond with you or before you get to us.”

    Lt. Col. Holly Shenefelt and members of the 84th Civil Support Team provided an overview of hazards and threats when responding to incidents that involve chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials. Firefighters were introduced to CBRN detection equipment and CST containment procedures.

    "The fifth Wednesday training is a good thing,” said Brian Bartow, F.E. Warren’s assistant fire chief. “It allows our individuals to get out and interact with other departments in our area to see what they have to bring to an incident.”

    Senior Master Sgt. Brian Rachocki furnished first responders with the capabilities of the Mobile Emergency Operation Center while providing a first-hand look at the communication and operational technology available through the wing.

    Defenders with the 153rd Security Forces Squadron were on hand to answer questions about how security forces airmen and firefighters work together during a crisis to ensure initial treatment for casualties during an emergency.

    “This was an excellent countywide training event that provided local emergency responders first-class aircraft rescue firefighting training that directly benefits the response capability of the 153rd Airlift Wing and the surrounding communities we live in,” said Kellebrew.



    Date Taken: 06.01.2018
    Date Posted: 06.01.2018 17:47
    Story ID: 279298
    Location: CHEYENNE, WY, US 

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