Ramstein Fire Department, local authorities fight fire with interoperability

A German firefighter sprays water on a burning factory in Otterberg, near Kaiserslautern, March 23. The building had been on fire since approximately 2 p.m. the previous day and the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency services responded at about 4 p.m. to assist with water resupply.
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jordan Boyd, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergencies deputy fire chief, speaks with a German firefighter on-scene in Otterberg, March 23. They discussed how the incoming fire trucks from Ramstein Air Base would access the cordoned-off area of the burning automotive plant.
Smoke billows into the sky behind two firetrucks from the Kaiserslautern and Ramstein Air Base fire departments in Otterberg, March 23. Ramstein assisted the German fire department by providing and transporting more than 6,000 gallons of water from the base to Otterberg in the effort to extinguish the burning automotive plant.
Three firefighters prepare to attach hoses from one truck to the other in Otterberg, March 23. Ramstein Air Base fire trucks hold approximately 6,000 gallons of water and were called upon to assist with the automotive plant fire that had been burning for more than 22 hours.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jackson Bird, 86th Civil Engineer Fire and Emergencies firefighter, speaks with his German counterpart in Otterberg, March 23. Bird positioned the vehicle near available hose outlets on the German firetruck to resupply water for the ongoing fire at the automotive plant.