Spring Camporee 20014 at CAFB


Group photo at CAFB 2014 Spring Camporee

Scouts face the Firmeman's Challenge, which is getting in full fire gear in 60 seconds or less

Scouts in turn-out gear with Air Force instructor

Over 200 Boy Scouts and leaders from 15 troops and crews of the Pushmataha Area Council attended the Spring Camporee at Columbus Air Force Base the weekend of March 22, 2014.   Scouts toured the air base's state-of-the-art fire station, getting hands-on experience at donning turn-out gear, manning the hoses, and even getting a shot at cranking the diesel response trucks.   Other tours included the K-9 security unit, where security officers demonstrated the efficiency and control of the canine security teams, and a tour of the radar control systems.

One of the highlights of Saturday morning was when the fire control teams ignited a fire in a giant mock-up of a cargo jet, and then extinguished the fire with remote control water nozzles from a closed fire response truck.  While Scouts and leaders watched from a safe distance, the giant form was ignited in a simulation of a crash and burn scenario, and the fire was extinguished in a matter of moments.



Air Force fire response teams respond to a mock crash/fire scenario

Campfire and OA callout concluded the events Saturday, and the Scout units retired to their camps for a good night's sleep.

Scouts who were at this camporee were impressed by the advanced technology used in all areas of camp, the absolutely secure nature of the base, and the professionalism and hospitality demonstrated by the airmen of CAFB.