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First AAF and ANA incident commanders graduate
Mr. John Ring, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan fire advisor, passing out a completion certificate to a graduate of the first-ever fire chief incident commander’s course Dec. 19 during a ceremony at the Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. The course was designed to teach fire chiefs from the Afghan Air Force and Afghan National Army how to respond to an incident safely and effectively. The course is part of a new series of classes being developed and taught by advisors with NATC-A. In addition to the fire chief incident commander’s course, recent graduations include the first-ever fire instructor course in October and the first-ever fire inspector course in November. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Anastasia Wasem)
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First AAF and ANA incident commanders graduate

Posted 12/21/2013   Updated 12/21/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Capt. Anastasia Wasem
NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs


12/21/2013 - KABUL, Afghanistan -- Thirteen Afghan Air Force firefighters graduated from the first-ever fire chief incident commander's course Dec. 19 during a ceremony at the Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan.

The course is part of a new series of classes being developed and taught by advisors with NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. In addition to the fire chief incident commanders course, recent graduations include the first-ever fire instructor course in October and the first-ever fire inspector course in November.

"This was a collaborative effort with fire fighters, advisors and mentors from the Afghan Air Force, Afghan National Army and the U.S. Air Force as well as our contracting partners," stated Master Sgt. Jeffery Hackworth, NATC-A fire advisor stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy and originally from Jackson, Mich. "The course went from concept to implementation in 45 days, which is a true testament to the students and everyone involved."

The course was designed to teach fire chiefs how to respond to an incident safely and effectively. The six-day course covered incident scene management of acts of terrorism, structural fires, aircraft fires and mass casualty incidents as well as roles and responsibilities of a fire chief and safety and health topics.

"I want to emphasis the important of the fire department of the AAF," said the AAF Command Fire Chief at the ceremony. "Without our people and our equipment, a plane cannot take off or land. We have very knowledgeable trainers and mentors who have already helped us graduate about 22 fire fighters from classes all over Afghanistan. This training is vital for Afghanistan. The fire department has become a symbol of achievement for the AAF."

In addition to passing a written examination in order to graduate, the students also had to pass a practical evaluation. The evaluation consisted of acting as the incident commander during several varying scenarios, such as a motor vehicle accident, structural fire, terrorist act and an aircraft crash with casualties.

"Several of these incidents happened simultaneously," explained Hackworth about the practical evaluation. "This was definitely a test to even the most experienced incident commander. The students exceeded our highest expectations."

The next course of this type is scheduled to take place in February 2014. The NATC-A advisors also plan to create Mobile Travel Teams in order to travel to other AAF and ANA bases around the country to train more fire fighters on these vital capabilities.



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