Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany --
Fire chiefs from four geographically separated units around Europe assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base Germany came together to collaborate, discuss best practices, and future training needs during a Strike Mission Working Group from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2017.
“Spangdahlem Fire Department is responsible to give training to our GSUs annually,” said Tech. Sgt. Donald Cobb, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire department training NCO-in-charge. “Hosting this event gave us a good idea of what we can do to better support our GSUs.”
During the week participants of the working group talked about initial response force responsibilities, they also had an F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-17 Globe Master III familiarization walk through, and a confined space extraction class.
“Each fire department has a different understanding as well as different regulations that are imposed by their respective countries in addition to the regulations they must follow for the United States,” said Cobb. “This working group was important because they are all able to talk through the ways each of them comply and the hardships they face.”
It has been five years since the fire department leadership from 703rd Munitions Support Squadron, Volkel AB, Netherlands, 701st MUNSS, Kleine-Brogel, Belgium, 702nd MUNSS, Buchel, Germany, and 704th MUNSS, Ghedi, Italy were able to come together for this working group.
“Information and expert experience shared by other firefighters from other Munitions Support Squadrons is very valuable for everyone here,” said Tonny Janssen, 701st MUNSS fire chief. “We could compare and try to find the best solution from experienced individuals attending the working group.”