RAFB firefighters and Macon-Bibb fire crews team up

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Fire officials in both Macon and at Robins Air Force Base are teaming up for training. 

From the classroom…to action in the field. 
Firefighters say the annual training assessment gets their blood rushing. 
 “We’re running three different scenarios here, training for different things like engine fires, interior fires on an aircraft,” Robins Air Force Base Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Cotton said. 
The joint training between Robins firefighters and Macon-Bibb’s fire department gives crews an opportunity to put their skills to the test. 
“Public safety, we have to be trained for the unexpected you know a plane crash can go down anywhere,” Macon-Bibb Training Chief Reco Stephens said. 
“It’s great to know that you have these other agencies that are willing to collaborate and come to you and assist our citizens,” Stephens said. 
Dozens of firefighters worked to put out flames aboard this mock aircraft.
Some say extinguishing a fire aboard a plane in a real scenario could bring new challenges. 
“You’ve got fuel on board an aircraft that houses don’t have. You have a fuel called JP-8 that burns really hot and is hard to extinguish,” Cotton said. 
It’s an obstacle officials say is necessary for crews to learn how to overcome. 
Robins firefighters say at a moment’s notice you never know when you’ll need a helping hand, and having other departments help during an emergency can save more lives. 
 “We can also do the same for them if a plane was to go down at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and we can go up there and provide resources if they need water support,” Cotton said. 

Macon-Bibb firefighters have to complete this training once a year. 

Officials say the joint training will give crews a better understanding of each other’s resources and capabilities. 
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