Rubb advisers give training session a lift

Rubb training advisers John Borlace and David Cromarty (centre) with (left to right) Corporal Tom Brown, Sergeant John Watt, Corporal Jay Corn and Chief Technician Paul Griffiths from 5001 Squadron

Military personnel from RAF 5001 Squadron attended a training session about the EFASS internal crane at Rubb’s UK plant in Gateshead.

The roof mounted crane system is a highly regarded accessory associated with Rubb’s Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System range of rapid erect buildings. Its addition was based on feedback from Ministry of Defence staff who work with Rubb structures out in the field.

5001 Squadron, an award winning UK Air Combat Support Unit, routinely deploys around the world to provide and maintain expeditionary airfield facilities to support deployed air operations, so it is essential that the team receives the best training on the equipment used in theatre.

Four men from 5001 visited Rubb in September to learn all about the crane technology for the ‘invaluable’ EFASS range. Rubb’s rapid deployment military shelters are used by defence organisations to house a variety of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft as well as UAVs, military equipment and supplies. The company’s Training Advisers Dave Cromarty and John Borlace were on hand to provide training on installing, dismantling and using the crane which has a Safe Working Load of 1,500kg.

5001’s Sergeant John Watt was joined by Corporals Jay Corn and Tom Brown and Chief Technician Paul Griffiths. Sgt Watt said: “We have been learning about installing the crane system and testing it out. It has been useful and everyone has enjoyed it. Having seen it in action I think it is a really good bit of kit. We will pass our experience on to other Squadron members on our return to Wittering.”

The crane is available with alternative SWLs. For more information please visit


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