☷Area Support Group Black Sea contributes firefighting equipment to Mokren Command
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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U . S . Army Soldiers and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers present a portion of the firefighting equipment after a hand - over event facilitated by Area Support Group - Black Sea and 32450 Mokren Command . NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA , Bulgaria - In an effort to enhance capabilities and interoperability throughout the Novo Selo Training Area ranges , Area Support Group - Black Sea fulfilled an order of equipment to the firefighter section of 32450 Mokren Command , following a request made by U . S . Army Soldiers assigned to 415th Civil Affairs Battalion in 2021 , and delivered by Soldiers assigned to 407th Civil Affairs Team at the Mokren Command headquarters , Bulgaria , April 27 , 2022 . Commander of NSTA Bulgarian Land Forces Lt . Col . Petar Petrov says , "when we have good equipment it enables us to provide a quick reaction and we become more effective to extinguish any possible fires . This enables us to provide better support and arrange good conditions for all training exercises that are conducted on the range . " The equipment delivered to Mokren Command included personal protective equipment and firefighting tools for wildland firefighting such as: fire shelters , boots , pants , shirts , gloves , helmets and forest fire rakes . Republic of Bulgaria Lt . Col . Petar Petrov , commander of Novo Selo Training Area Bulgarian Land Forces ( center ) , and Maj . Pavel Gigov ( left ) inspect new firefighting equipment during a hand - over event with U . S . Army Soldiers from Area Support Group - Black Sea and 407th Civil Affairs Battalion at NSTA , Bulgaria , April 27 , 2022 . U . S . Army Staff Sgt . Scott Wendt , assigned to 615th Engineer Detachment - Fire Fighting Headquarters , Illinois Army National Guard , discusses the benefits of using a fire blanket during a hand - over event with 32450 Mokren Command and 407th Civil Affairs Battalion at NSTA , Bulgaria , April 27 , 2022 . "We discussed the possibility to plan combined training with the U . S . Army firefighters and the Mokren Command to observe and train with equipment from both sides , " Petrov said . "We would also want to coordinate between both parties to establish a standard operating procedure in case of an emergency situation . " Mokren Command previously relied upon assistance from the Kotel Fire Department , but now an emphasis has been placed on cooperation and partnership between Bulgarian and U . S . Army forces . "We [U . S . firefighters] actually support them [Bulgarian firefighters] on the range , and we are working on a mutual aid agreement to allow the Bulgarians to help us if we were to need it , ” said U . S . Army Staff Sgt . Scott Wendt , assigned to 615th Engineer Detachment - Fire Fighting Headquarters , Illinois Army National Guard , who is currently the deputy commander of the U . S . Army firefighter section in Novo Selo Training Area . Novo Selo Training Area is a training facility operated by Area Support Group - Black Sea and hosts U . S . military personnel from V Corps as part of the ongoing bilateral defense cooperation with Bulgaria . V Corps , America ' s forward deployed Corps in Europe , works alongside NATO Allies and regional security partners , like Bulgaria , to provide combat ready forces , execute joint and multinational training exercises , and retains command and control for all rotational and assigned units in the European theater . To learn more about V Corps , visit: https://www . vcorps . army . mil/ To learn more about U . S . Army Europe and Africa , visit: https://www . europeafrica . army . mil/ Follow Area Support Group - Black Sea on Facebook
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