Code 3 Patuxent River, MD Navel Air Station Oshkosh T-3000 Crash Truck 138 (12874)
Item #: 12874-0000
Release Date: September 2009
The Patuxent Naval Air Station stretches across approximately 8.5 miles of
shoreline at the mouth of the Patuxent River, overlooking the picturesque
Chesapeake Bay, 65 miles southeast of Washington D.C. Naval Air Station Patuxent
River covers approximately 8,000 acres with an additional 850 acres at the
Webster Field Annex, located about 15 miles south of the station. The station
was commissioned in 1943 as the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, to centralise
widely dispersed air testing facilities. The station has since evolved into the
center of excellence for Naval aviation as a full spectrum acquisition research
development test and evaluation facility for Naval aviation.
The base supports naval aviation operations by researching, developing,
testing and evaluating aircraft, aircraft components and related products. The
facilities are also used by foreign governments, academic institutions and
private industry for similar projects.
Over the past two decades, the station has grown to include a manned flight
simulator, a large aircraft anechoic chamber, an air combat environment test and
evaluation facility, the Capt. Steven A. Hazelrigg Flight Test Facility, an
aircraft test and evaluation facility, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School academic
building and Aviation Survival Training Center.
These new facilities have significantly improved aviation safety and the
quality of naval aviation products. With the consolidated work force and
expanded facilities, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station has become the place
where the future of naval aviation begins.
The Naval Air Station Patuxent River Fire and Emergency Services is a
division of the Naval District Washington (NDW) Fire Region. Patuxent River Fie
Department consists of 80 employees including firefighters, lieutenants,
captains, battalion chiefs, one division chief and fire inspectors. With the
exception of the Division Chief and the fire inspectors, the remainder of the
department works on an "A" / "B" 24 hour on / off shift concept. The fire
department is divided into several components; Structural, and EMS. Operating
from 3 different fire stations, NAS Pax River operates 16 major pieces of
apparatus which includes 3 engine companies, 3 Crash Fire Rescue units and
cross-man a haz-mat, tower ladder, brush unit, rescue and several support units,
and 2 ambulances.