In October 2019, Tactical Air Transport Fire (TAC AT Fire) based at RAF Brize Norton, undertook their intense, bespoke training exercise.
The week-long demanding programme saw the RAF Firefighters work day and night through a range of scenarios designed to test, develop and maintain their core firefighting skills. Seventeen different exercises were incorporated ranging from firefighting in domestic properties, aircraft fires and road traffic collision (RTC).
“Our bespoke bi-annual training event enabled us to keep our Firefighters current in their higher-level performance objectives (HLPO’s). This was our third training week and we had the pleasure of inviting the RAF Medics to assist us in realistic training events. The joint working between the two services is vital in providing the best possible care for casualties at incidents. It allowed us to practice our Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Procedures (JESIP) at real time incidents and allowed lessons to be learnt by both parties in a safe and controlled environment."
RAF Firefighters form a component part of the Force Protection recuperation element for Defence when operating both in the UK and overseas. TAC AT Fire is a deployable unit made up of RAF Firefighters, which supports No. Two Group Air Mobility Force tasking, it operates alongside other organisations to provide fire cover for aircraft operating in largely remote locations.