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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.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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