RAPID CITY, SD – Part of the Rapid City Fire Department, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF), participated in its mandatory annual training Monday afternoon.
With live fire and simulated aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all airports with commercial traffic to undergo ARFF training every 12 months.
They were also joined by other stations, as they would be the ones to call for help if a real situation were to arise.
“Whenever we are able to do something different, something that is outside the norm for us, we are always ready to step up and do it because there is so little of it,” Kevin Sosa, a firefighter with the Rapid City Fire Department, said. “That kind of training is really valuable for us because we don’t have that opportunity to do it all the time.”
Firefighters prepare before starting a different situation during their rescue and firefighting training.
A propane fire from the train grows and is reflected in the water from previous scenarios.
A firefighter makes a dummy from the plane.
A firefighter places a dummy in the pile after retrieving it from the simulated aircraft as part of the scenario he was performing.
Firefighters get out of the plane after extinguishing the fire and evacuating all “victims”.
(In the gallery) Firefighters douse flames from the ground or aircraft during training.
RCFD Lt. Marshall Keefe looks over to other firefighters during their training.
Smoke billows from the open door of the plane as firefighters enter.
A firefighter pushes open the rear door of the plane to try to get more smoke out of the interior.
Firefighters chat with the trainer after completing a training scenario.