BFC lend assistance to firefighting efforts


first_imgThe Air Operations Wing at RAF Akrotiri and the crew of 84 Squadron were called into action last Friday to deal with fire-fighting activities and a potential search and rescue operation in the Episkopi area.The two real-life scenarios served as a reminder of the multiple tasks that BFC units have to deal with daily and although the search and rescue operation was eventually not required, it was yet another example of the Air Ops team working successfully with colleagues from the Republic of Cyprus.Flight Lieutenant Mike Denison, Officer Commanding, Air Ops, explained: “We were notified by the Defence Fire Service that a fire had broken out in the Paphos area and that assistance may be required from 84 Squadron if it worsened.“We were then subsequently informed by the SBA Police Maritime Unit that a board and sail had been discovered in the Happy Valley area and there could potentially be a search and rescue operation launched.“This is important because it highlights the multiple ‘real-time’ situations that we have to deal with and we need to be prepared to act when called upon.”As the fire in Paphos began burning out of control, the Icarus Plan – the RoC-led multi-agency plan that directs fire-fighting activity – was initiated and 84 Squadron were sent to the scene.And whilst 84 Squadron’s role in these operations has been widely-reported, the work that Air Ops undertakes behind the scenes is equally important.Flt Lt Denison said: “We are always working with competing priorities and we sit at the centre of the coordination efforts within BFC and with the RoC units involved.“We work very closely – on a daily basis – with the Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre which is based in Larnaca and they have the lead in these situations but we must make sure that we are prepared when called upon.“That means identifying a good water source for the fire we are fighting, so 84 Squadron are able to fill up their supply to tackle it and where we are able to refuel if necessary.“By ensuring we have all of these different strands in place, we can make sure we offer the best possible assistance.”And as the summer season continues, the OC said the relationship between the Bases and the RoC was key to ensuring success.“Our relationship is excellent and our communications are key to that,” he said.“We coordinate the information flow in and out of the Bases and speak with the JRCC multiple times a day so they are aware of what assets we have available to them.“These regular communications ensure that if called upon, we can assist in the quickest and most effective way possible.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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