Fairchild firefighters lead training for ANG, community partners
By Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde, 92nd Air Refueling Wig Public Affairs
/ Published May 02, 2018
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.