First Responder

Posted 9 May 2013
Photo by Samuel King, Jr.

A firefighter with the US Air Force's 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, climbs a ladder to extract a simulated injured F-35 Lightning II pilot during a major accident response exercise, or MARE, at Eglin on 9 May 2013 at Eglin AFB, Florida. This was the first MARE at the base in Fort Walton Beach involving the F-35A. The exercise scenario called for first responders to put out a fire after the F-35 pilot made a hard landing and extract him for immediate medical attention.