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Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting battle the blaze during monthly training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, May 28. ARFF trains at the burn pit to ensure they are always prepared in the event of an emergency on the flight line. The ARFF Marines are with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Beaufort.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres

Fight fire with Firefighters: ARFF Marines test skills

5 Jun 2015 | Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

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.