CFAS Fire Dept., Germantown conduct integrated fire drill
SASEBO, Japan – The Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) Fire Department and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) participate in a shipboard firefighting drill Jan. 21.
“We are here to provide assistance to the Fleet so Germantown knowing our capabilities and us knowing theirs helps us both out in a real world scenario.” said Kenneth Wampler, assistant fire chief for training and operations for the CFAS fire department. “We were very effective today working together.”
The drill began with Germantown’s in port fire team donning firefighting ensemble (FFE) and integrating with Japanese fire fighters from the CFAS Fire Department to combat a fire in the ship’s berthing area.
“I think working with the CFAS Fire department is important because then if there is an actual emergency we can all just go in and get the job done,” said Navy Fireman Rebecca Larzelere. “Being able to participate in firefighting is an adrenaline rush and means a lot to me, because in that moment you get to be a hero and help save the ship.”
The drill went on to include a man down drill where the Germantown and CFAS Fire Department had to medical care to a victim with a fractured leg and sucking chest wound.
“In a real world event the ship force will call us and we would respond immediately with an ambulance and medical support,” said Wampler. “We were able to provide first aid, and together with the Germantown, raise the victim from a shaft and bring him topside were he could be evacuated safely. It was a good exercise for not only us but the shipboard fire and medical team to practice our skills in case of a medical emergency.”
Germantown is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of responsibility and is currently undergoing ship’s restricted availability (SRA) in order to prepare for a upcoming scheduled spring patrol.