Ready: Pease emergency services prepared for Air Show

Thomas Gleason Jr. and Derek Murdock, firefighters with Pease Fire & Emergency Services pose for a portrait in front of a firetruck at Pease Air National Guard Base.

Thomas Gleason Jr. and Derek Murdock, firefighters with Pease Fire & Emergency Services, are prepared for the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show the weekend of Sept. 11 and 12 at Pease Air National Guard Base. The fire department will complement other local agencies to provide any structural firefighting, technical rescue, and hazardous material response required during the air show. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Nelson)



Pease Fire and Emergency Services is ready for the first air show on the Pease ramp in more than a decade.

The N.H. Air National Guard fire department will work alongside civilian agencies during the show to ensure maximum safety for everyone on the ramp and in the air.

Maj. Autumn Ricker, commander of the 157th Civil Engineering Squadron, said the fire team and community partners have trained extensively on emergency response plans unique to each type of aircraft expected at the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show, scheduled Sept. 11-12.

“The fire officers developed response plans specific to the air show,” Ricker explained. “This streamlines how an emergency situation would be handled.”

The military and civilian teams are prepared for structural firefighting, technical rescue, and hazardous material response. Every available firefighter on the Pease force is scheduled for duty during the air show. Many members of the local emergency services community will join them.

“With tens of thousands of spectators expected each day, many community partners have dedicated resources to the show,” Ricker said. “They enhance our emergency medical care capabilities and the safety of everyone at the air show.”

The fire department will also be represented in the air show, with one of their airport fire trucks on display alongside fighter jets and aerial refuelers.  

Lt. Derek Murdock, a full-time member of Pease Fire and Emergency Services, said the plans are set, the meetings have been attended and the teams are ready.

“We have the layout in place and we are connected with the local fire departments to ensure the safety of everyone at the airshow,” he said. “We are prepared and ready to go.”

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