The Heat Is On
Aircraft Firefighting Shipboard Team Trainer Course
The sweat is dripping down their faces as temperatures reach up to 300 degrees. The adrenaline is rushing and it feels like their hearts are going to beat out of their chests.
The Aircraft Firefighting Shipboard Team Trainer Course at Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, in Pensacola, Florida, prepares Sailors for the real-life situations they may encounter on the ship.
The course gives Sailors a refresher on fire safety and teaches them how to work together as a team, said Damage Controlman 1st Class Adam High, a course instructor.
It's vital for them to come down and get this training. It's imperative that they know what to do. It has to be automatic for them to react." - DC1 Adam High
Ships' crews run drills to simulate certain scenarios, however, when Sailors come to the course they face live firefighting.
There's an aircraft on the training site that is engulfed in flames. The Sailors must dress out in their proximity suits, or "spacesuits", put on their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), grab a hose and spray water on the flames. In addition to putting out fires, Sailors also practice rescuing aircrew members from the burning aircraft.