Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas --
The Laughlin Fire Department conducted structural live-fire training Nov. 18, 2015, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
Firefighters were sent into the three story fire-training structure in groups to fight the fire while receiving instruction and guidance from the instructor.
“Our goal for this training was just to stay proficient with our skills,” said Olin Jensen, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations.
During the training, the firefighters used an offensive tactic to fight the fire. This means their objective was to enter the structure with the hose and extinguish the fire as quickly and safely as possible using various techniques.
Laughlin firefighters also practiced fundamentals such as buddy checks and hand signals.
“What we do involves a very specific skillset,” said Tech. Sgt. Joshua Lewis, 47th CES station captain. “These are skills we have to practice in order to be sure we don’t lock-up when it’s time for the real thing.”