El Paso Firefighters headed north for specialized training in Utah, keeping their skills sharp when it comes to fighting an aircraft fire.
Station 32, also known as the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Division (ARFF), went to Salt Lake City, Utah for their annual live fire training.
“ARFF firefighters are required to participate in an annual live fire training drill to maintain certification for the Federal Aviation Administration,” Battalion Chief Edward Snyder said. “The El Paso International Airport does not have a facility that can provide this training, so all EPFD ARFF certified firefighters travel to attend the training.”
The Salt Lake City training facility is one of the best in the nation and provides a realistic environment.
“Personnel traveled in the morning and trained during the afternoons and into the night. This allowed for night fire drills utilizing two crash trucks and a command vehicle,” Snyder said. “After eight hours of training, the crews had a short night at the hotel and back on the plane home.”
Snyder added, “This great opportunity has afforded the El Paso Fire Department firefighters a chance to receive incredible training so that they can provide the best service possible to the travel public at the El Paso International Airport.”
Story by EPFD / Photos by FST Corbin Phelps.