ROTA, Spain — Naval Station Rota, Spain's fire department held an interagency drill with Spanish navy and the city of Rota fire departments here Dec. 4.
NAVSTA Fire emergency services, along with Spanish Navy and Proteccion Civil Ville de Rota responded to a scenario to see what recourse are available if they had to respond on a unified command, whether on base or in the surrounding community.
"Today was a success," said Timothy Ybarra, NAVSTA Rota Installation Fire Chief. "We met our goals, which were to interact with our host nation counterparts in the fire emergency service which."
The day's scenario saw crews respond to a small single-engine plane that crashed into a van. Crews rescued trap victims utilizing the jaws-of-life to extract one trapped in the van.
Ybarra said each of the three agencies utilized all their resources in this exercise. But it was working together in a unified emergency service capacity to fulfill their objectives is what made the day a great experience he said. "We look forward to continue working with our host nation in fire emergency services in the future," said Ybarra.
For the Spanish navy fire fighters, taking the time and analyzing the steps and the processes is what they enjoyed and benefited from.
After the extractions, the van was set ablaze to allow Spanish navy firefighters to use ABC, dry chemical to see the affect of the agent on a large fire and equipment capability. This was the first time they had used it in training.
"We are very pleased with how today went," said Don Francisco Puerta Rodriguez from the Spanish navy Fire Department. "Usually when we train, its go in disperse the agent and put the fire out. Today we got the learning experience step by step and also learned the concept and theory of the operation."
"This is our goal in the future to develop and foster more interoperability in the future," said Ybarra. "This what we are trying to meet and this is where we are heading."
"It's always a learning experience working together," said Rodriguez. "Hopefully today was a starting point that will take us into the future for more joint training to accomplish our missions." The Spanish navy fire department also invited NAVSTA fire to come and use their new fire training facility for more joint unified training.
NAVSTA fire department provides 24 hour non-interrupted fire and emergency services to NAVSTA Rota and tenant commands, family housing and the city of Rota.