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NDW and D.C. Fire Departments conduct joint training
Ray Stokes, Naval District of Washington Fire Department firefighter, uses a hook to pull down ceiling drywall and expose the frames to prepare for building a support structure during a training exercise June 1 on Bolling Air Force Base. The impending demolition of Hickam Village housing created a prime location and opportunity June 1 - 12 for the joint fire department training effort. (U.S. Navy photo by Battalion Chief Michael Tenaglia, NDWFD)
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NDW and D.C. Fire Departments conduct joint training

Posted 6/8/2009   Updated 6/11/2009 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Marleah Miller
11th Wing Public Affairs


6/8/2009 - AIR FORCE DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON -- The Naval District of Washington Fire Department, in conjunction with the District of Columbia Fire Department, have conducted various exercises since June 1 on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. 

A mix of firefighters from both departments have worked together daily on training that will end June 12. 

"Training is going exceptionally well," said J.C. Carroll, D.C. Fire Department Rescue Squad 3. "Exercises like this prepare us for real world events. You can never have enough training." 

The various exercises provided a chance to improve team work, inoperability, collapse rescue and command and control. Simulated exercises included gas explosions, destructive weather conditions and terrorist attacks. 

In addition, the training was a chance for veterans to teach the rookies tricks of the trade. 

Mr. Carroll added, "Older guys were teaching the newer guys everything they know so everyone can be on the same page on how to respond." 

In the process of privatizing base housing, the coming demolition of Hickam Village housing created a prime location and opportunity for the joint training effort.



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