PHOTOS: RCFD Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting completes its annual required training
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Part of the Rapid City Fire Department, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), participated in its annual required training Monday afternoon.
With a live fire and mock airplane, 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.
“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,” Kevin Sosa, a firefighter with the Rapid City Fire Department, said. “This type of training is really valuable to us because we don’t get this opportunity to do it all the time.”
Firefighters gear up before starting a different situation during their aircraft rescue and fire fighting training.
A propane fire from the train grows and is reflected in the water from previous scenarios.
A firefighter carries out a mannequin from the plane.
A firefighter places a mannequin down in the pile after recovering it from the mock plane as part of the scenario they were running.
Firefighters exit the plane after extinguishing the fire and getting all of the “victims” out.
(In the gallery) Firefighters extinguish the flames from either the ground or the plane during the training.
RCFD Lieutenant Marshall Keefe looks toward other firefighters during their training.
Smoke escapes the plane’s open door as firefighters enter through it.
A firefighter pushes open the back door of the plane to try and let more smoke out from inside.
Firefighters talk with the trainer after finishing a scenario of the training.