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Firefighters take on mock jet blaze in training exercise

Every second matters when responding to an emergency like a fire on a jet airplane.

Cayman Islands Fire Service officers put their mettle to the test Thursday (20 October), facing off against a mock 777 jet engulfed in flames as part of a cross-training exercise.

It was the culmination of a week of training scenarios.

“32 years in the fire service and I’m always ready for it, my mind is always there, it’s something that you think about every day, so I’m always ready for it,” said CIFS Sub-officer Garfield Ritch.

He explained the intensity of an aerodrome fire versus a structure fire.

“It can just land like that and bam, it’s right there and you gotta think quick of what to do, and that’s where training, that day-to-day training comes in,” he said.

Once fire officers pass a written exam, happening Friday, they will achieve an aerodrome certification with the International Fire Training Centre.

About the author

Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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