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Team Fairchild tests base capabilities during emergency management exercise

Firefighters from the 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron assist in decontaminating a hazardous materials team’s protective suits after responding to a chemical leak during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Exercises allow Airmen to practice vital skills in various formats to keep emergency response abilities sharp in the event of an actual crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Firefighters from the 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron assist in decontaminating a hazardous materials team’s protective suits after responding to a chemical leak during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Exercises allow Airmen to practice vital skills in various formats to keep emergency response abilities sharp in the event of an actual crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Senior Airman Julie Fink, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, provides medical care to a simulated victim of a vehicle incident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 141st ARW Inspector Generals, 18 subject matter experts from various parts of the base, 30 Wing Inspection Team members and 14 actors from the 92nd ARW and 141st ARW participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Senior Airman Julie Fink, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, provides medical care to a simulated victim of a vehicle incident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 141st ARW Inspector Generals, 18 subject matter experts from various parts of the base, 30 Wing Inspection Team members and 14 actors from the 92nd ARW and 141st ARW participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

A Team Fairchild Airman plays as a victim of a vehicle crash during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. One of the primary goals of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 141st ARW Inspector General office is to make all of the exercises conducted on base as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

A Team Fairchild Airman plays as a victim of a vehicle crash during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. One of the primary goals of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 141st ARW Inspector General office is to make all of the exercises conducted on base as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Senior Airman Julie Fink, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, and Airman 1st Class Shawn McMahan, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron emergency medical technician, provides medical care to a simulated victim of a vehicle incident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The base participates in different types of scenarios and situations, to be prepared when an incident occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Senior Airman Julie Fink, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, and Airman 1st Class Shawn McMahan, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron emergency medical technician, provides medical care to a simulated victim of a vehicle incident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The base participates in different types of scenarios and situations, to be prepared when an incident occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

A pair of Team Fairchild firefighters carry an unconscious Airman away from the scene of an accident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Multiple casualties allow Airmen to gain experience during these exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

A pair of Team Fairchild firefighters carry an unconscious Airman away from the scene of an accident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Multiple casualties allow Airmen to gain experience during these exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Team Fairchild firefighters secure a simulated victim for transport during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Fairchild firefighters work in tandem with the 92nd Medical Squadron’s ambulance services emergency medical technicians to provide the base with rapid first response to emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Team Fairchild firefighters secure a simulated victim for transport during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Fairchild firefighters work in tandem with the 92nd Medical Squadron’s ambulance services emergency medical technicians to provide the base with rapid first response to emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

A Team Fairchild firefighter simulates handling a vehicle incident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Exercises allow members of the base to see where improvements should be made and build on base capabilities. Continuing to do these exercises ensures the base is prepared to handle any real world situations that may happen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

A Team Fairchild firefighter simulates handling a vehicle incident during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 27, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Exercises allow members of the base to see where improvements should be made and build on base capabilities. Continuing to do these exercises ensures the base is prepared to handle any real world situations that may happen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Team Fairchild firefighters help up a simulated wounded civilian during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Securing the scene of an emergency, assisting and safely evacuating causalities is the role every first responder undergoes rigorous training for. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Team Fairchild firefighters help up a simulated wounded civilian during an Emergency Management Exercise Sept. 29, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Securing the scene of an emergency, assisting and safely evacuating causalities is the role every first responder undergoes rigorous training for. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild conducted an emergency management exercise to demonstrate the capabilities of the base during an emergency situation Sept. 27.

This exercise involved a simulated overturned tractor trailer that crashed into a building injuring several people and causing a simulated HAZMAT leak on the base.

“Emergency management exercises provide realistic scenarios allowing our Airmen the opportunity to work together as a team, validate multiple-agency processes/procedures as well as identify areas in which we may need additional training,” said Chief Master Sgt. Shannon Rix, 92nd Air Refueling Wing command chief. “The experience gained and lessons learned during exercises better prepares Team Fairchild to respond effectively during an actual real-world emergency.”

According to Master Sgt. Joshua Berger, 92nd Air Refueling Wing inspector general, exercises are important for the base because they allow members to see where improvements should be made on base capabilities. Continuing to do these exercises ensures Fairchild is prepared to handle any real world situations that may occur.

"Participating in the exercise helps medical use the skills that we don’t normally use when working in the clinic,” said Senior Airman Julie Fink, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician. “It's great to get hands-on experience when dealing with things we don’t normally see. After finishing with these types of exercises, we can all come together to brief on what happened and what we can do to make operations go smoother in the future. This helps us build a relationship with different squadrons when responding to incidents. We all have different goals to accomplish during an exercise and we all have to work together to get the best outcome possible."

Making the exercises as realistic as possible is a goal of Fairchild’s IGI office. This includes meetings, coordinating between base agencies, script building, developing each part of the exercise and working with subject matter experts throughout the base to ensure that the exercise is as close to a real situation as possible.

Planning involved input from various base units to include both IGI teams from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 141st ARW, 18 subject matter experts from diverse job specialties, 30 Wing Inspection Team members and 14 actors from the 92nd ARW and 141st ARW.

“Overall the exercise was a great success,” Berger said . “It showed the areas that we need to improve, any gaps in communication, possible new procedures to institute, how well we find quick solutions on the spot to issues, and last but not least, it also showed just how well we all work together as a team during an incident.”