Norfolk firefighters train with American counterparts at RAF Mildenhall

Norfolk firefighters visited RAF Mildenhall to take part in a training exercise to familiarise themselves in how to tackle an aircraft on fire.

The majority of the firefighters were full-time recruits at the end of their training course and spent a day with the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department.

The event provided an opportunity to ensure crews could support their US Air Force colleagues if they would ever have to respond to an aircraft crash off base.

Terry Pinto, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This visit has resulted in shared techniques which allows us to learn from each other through best practice.

“We’re doing the same job but with a fence between us. Being able to share facilities offers a real benefit to our crew.”

The firefighters received training on the air bases’ KC-135 Stratotankers and fire engines.

Tech Sgt Kyle Houseman, from 100th CES Fire Department, said: “It’s important to know what resources are available to RAF Mildenhall, and it’s just as important for the host nation to know what resources are available to them if the need arises.

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“The most beneficial part is effective communication and being able to network and accomplish the mission more effectively.”

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