Micronesia News

Friday, August 12, 2022

Ribbon-cutting held for new airport fire facility in Tiyan

A new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility has been completed and fully equipped with advanced technology that will improve response times in the event of an emergency, officials said. On Friday morning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new facility located at the south ramp of the A.B Won Pat Guam International Airport in Tiyan. The $27.2 million facility has top-of-the-line equipment and will allow firefighters to be better prepared for emergencies. “The firefighter facility will enhance their response time and also the equipment that will nurture their ability to understand the importance of being a firefighter day and night,” said Guam International Airport Authority fire Chief Raymond Mantanona. The previous facility is more than 70 years old, and Mantanona said the new, advanced facility was needed by the firefighters.
Pacific Daily News

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Responders complete successful joint interagency search and rescue exercise off Tumon Bay in Guam

The U.S. Coast Guard, Guam Fire Rescue, Guam Police, and the U.S. Navy conducted a successful search and rescue exercise (SAREX) in Guam, Aug. 10 – 11. “This is one of the first operational exercises we’ve done since COVID, and the purpose is to work through our procedures. We have a lot of different agencies involved, and this is bringing those all together in coordination to respond to an incident,” said Lt. Henry Dunphy, the emergency management and force readiness chief for U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam. “Today’s exercise was very successful, and it was a good chance to get back out in the field and really renew some of those partnerships and coordination we have here in Guam.” The team coordinated response to an overdue kayak off Tumon Bay and practiced search patterns and helicopter hosts. The exercise lasted two days, including planning, safety, and communication meetings in a Wednesday tabletop portion.

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