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Fight fire with Firefighters: ARFF Marines test skills

By Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres | 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing | June 5, 2015


Marines with the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort put their skills to the test as they rotate teams, and extin­guish fuel fires on a model jet, May 28.

“We execute training fires once a month to train for possible fuel fires and other emergencies on the flight line,” said Cpl. Damien Sanders, a crew chief with ARFF.

ARFF Marines are trained to gear up and be ready for an emergency within three minutes of the call. Their quick response time is critical to any emer­gency situation aboard the Air Station.

“Our mission is to protect property and flight opera­tions by employ­ing advanced fire suppression rescue operations,“ said Cpl. Dustin Gober, a hand line operator with ARFF.

Training with live fires not only makes the Marines train the way they fight, but also ensures that they understand the severity and importance of their specialty to the Air Station.