Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City hosts firefighting training exercise

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., in partnership with personnel from the Cherry Capital Airport and the Traverse City Fire Department, hosted an annual firefighting training exercise at the unit Wednesday.

Fire department personnel conduct annual training on the Coast Guard ramp to maintain proficiency in putting out aircraft fires by using a specially designed aircraft simulator.

Firefighters from the Traverse City, Mich., Fire Department spray water on a fire on the tarmac at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Sept. 4, 2013. Fire department personnel conduct annual training on the Coast Guard ramp to maintain proficiency in putting out aircraft fires by using a specially-designed aircraft simulator. (U.S. Coast photo courtesy of Air Station Traverse City)  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1009859/firefighting-exercise-air-station-traverse-city#.UietW-BwY20#ixzz2dxp6BxEf

Firefighters from the Traverse City, Mich., Fire Department spray water on a fire on the tarmac at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Sept. 4, 2013. U.S. Coast photo courtesy of Air Station Traverse City

This unique training opportunity keeps the local airport fire department qualified and ready to assist the local community and the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard works closely with Cherry Capital Airport and the Traverse City Fire Department to ensure safe operations at the airport.

“We are proud to partner with the Traverse City Fire Department and Cherry Capital Airport,” said Cmdr. Sean M. Cross, commanding officer of Air Station Traverse City. “The Traverse City Fire Department often provides a fireguard for our aircraft during hot refuel operations — refueling the aircraft while it is still running.”

“Their assistance allows the Coast Guard to operate safely and efficiently,” said Cross. “For instance, while prosecuting a search-and-rescue case, it is often quicker to refuel a running helicopter than to shutdown, refuel and restart.”

Click the picture for more from the exercise.

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