WIESBADEN, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Fire Department welcomed a delegation of 14 volunteer firefighters from the town of Obergladbach Sept. 13, 2019, as part of an on-going partnership program.
Fire Chief Daniel Corzelius said the USAG Wiesbaden Fire Department tries to nurture good relationships with the surrounding fire departments, because "they are the first ones at the scene if one of our aircraft has an emergency somewhere out there. If they already know us and have good connections with us, they can react faster and know who to call. We rely on each other."
Corzelius invited volunteer fire chief Marius Hopf and his team from Obergladbach to Clay Kaserne to experience work at a professional fire department on a U.S. Army airfield.
"I like to reward the team with new impressions that they do not get in our village," Hopf said.
Lead firefighter Bernd Link from the USAG Wiesbaden Fire Department took the 11 men and three women on a tour of the fire station. Some showed interest in the heavy equipment and the big trucks.
"You have so much room in here. Our vehicles are much smaller," said volunteer firefighter Helga Giezewski as she climbed out of the big red aerial ladder truck. Others enjoy trying out the controls of the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting truck.
After some more hands-on experience with the hydraulic rescue tools, Hopf and his team continued on to a tour of Clay Kaserne before journeying back to Obergladbach.
"We would like to come back and learn more about the aircraft and their technology," Hopf said.