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Fairchild firefighters lead training for ANG, community partners

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen from Kingsley Field and civil engineer officers from multiple locations across the U.S. pose for a photo after a structural live fire exercise at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 18, 2018. Kingsley Field firefighters, who lacked adequate training facilities, and civil engineer officers, who required fire marshal certification, both seized an opportunity for joint training with Fairchild during a week-long training effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen from Kingsley Field and civil engineer officers from multiple locations across the U.S. pose for a photo after a structural live fire exercise at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 18, 2018. Kingsley Field firefighters, who lacked adequate training facilities, and civil engineer officers, who required fire marshal certification, both seized an opportunity for joint training with Fairchild during a week-long training effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

Senior Airman Jonathan Jones, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter, refills a self-contained breathing apparatus during a simulated aircraft live fire at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 18, 2018. The 92nd CES Fire Department coordinated and facilitated the classroom and hands-on portions of this joint service fire training and fire marshal training course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

Senior Airman Jonathan Jones, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter, refills a self-contained breathing apparatus during a simulated aircraft live fire at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 18, 2018. The 92nd CES Fire Department coordinated and facilitated the classroom and hands-on portions of this joint service fire training and fire marshal training course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde)

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen from Kingsley Field and civil engineer officers from various locations across the U.S. walk into an aircraft’s interior during a live fire training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 18, 2018. The rigorous hands-on training consists of aircraft and structure live-fire scenarios. This gave both groups training in all aspects of firefighting such as emergency mitigation, prevention, communications, health, safety and mutual aid support to their local communities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde )

Oregon Air National Guard Airmen from Kingsley Field and civil engineer officers from various locations across the U.S. walk into an aircraft’s interior during a live fire training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 18, 2018. The rigorous hands-on training consists of aircraft and structure live-fire scenarios. This gave both groups training in all aspects of firefighting such as emergency mitigation, prevention, communications, health, safety and mutual aid support to their local communities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde )

FAIRCHILD AIRE FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Fairchild’s 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department hosted a joint-service fire training and fire marshal course 16 to 20 April, marking the first time an active duty base hosted a fire marshal course.

Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base firefighters lacked adequate training facilities and civil engineer officers from various locations across the country required fire marshal certifications, so they seized the opportunity to develop a week-long joint training effort with Team Fairchild.

“Fairchild has excelled at Total Force Integration in the past and the Northwest Department of Defense Fire Chiefs has helped further strengthen this joint force,” said Master Sgt. Andres Steevens, 92nd CES Fire Department assistant fire chief.

The 92nd CES Fire Department’s management and operations teams coordinated and facilitated both the classroom and hands-on portions of the training.

“Fairchild’s location, facilities, and more importantly, experienced firefighting personnel, were key in providing our comrades from Kingsley an educational snapshot of the various aspects of fire emergency services,” Steevens said.

ANG and active-duty Airmen were met with several hands-on training scenarios that gave both training groups life-like experience in all aspects of firefighting such as emergency mitigation, prevention, communication, health, safety and mutual aid support to community partners.

“The Kingsley team was great to work with,” said Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto, 182nd Airlift Wing fire chief. “Their professionalism and prior experience helped maximize the ability for students to gain a first-hand perspective of what their firefighters can endure in support of home station, domestic and worldwide operations.”

The partnership between the ANG, Reserves and active duty forces continues to grow. Total Force Integration continues to increase capability and lower operating costs to better enable Rapid Global Mobility … Now.