Three Garrison leaders from Fort Knox participated in a firefighter training exercise Oct. 9 to get a better understanding of and appreciation for the profession.
Garrison Commander Col. CJ King, Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Garrick Griffin and Lt. Col. Samuel Meyer, Emergency Services director, donned firefighting gear and rode on firetrucks to the scene of a simulated aircraft crash as the sun set over the installation.
"Wow, this is all new tank equipment," said Griffin, as he prepared to put on a protective mask. This is his third year participating in the training.
This year's training has been conducted by live fire trainers from 139th Fire Department from Saint Joseph, Missouri. The training is an annual requirement as per Title 14 regulations.
Trainers from 139th tested Fort Knox firefighters on the control and extinguishment of aviation fuel spill fires and aircraft incident fire emergencies in and around a commuter aircraft. Training included both day and night scenarios on main cabin fires; high wing, low win and turbojet engine fires; baggage fires; cockpit smoke; wheel and brake fires with explosive generators; and a large, 1,300-square-foot fuel spill fire.
Fort Knox Fire has hosted the annual training for the last 10 years, which this year included six fire departments and 20 firefighters. See the Flickr link below for more photos of the event.