By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Thirty Schriever firefighters and El Paso County Sherriff’s Office emergency services division personnel conducted a joint live-fire training here Aug. 24.
“The purpose of this training was to meet annual training requirements as well as maintain proficiency in actually extinguishing fires,” said Mark Captain, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief.
During the event, Schriever and El Paso personnel trained on hose evolutions, personal protective equipment, donning and doffing the self-contained breathing apparatus, as well as accountability and communication.
“This training is important obviously to develop those relationships with our mutual-aid responders,” said Rob Finley, 50 CES assistant chief for training. “It gives us face time with them as far as training is concerned.”
Additionally, the live-fire training gave the firefighters an opportunity to practice their skills in hose line operations.
“While the fire department conducts exercises in base facilities every month, we cannot take in charged hose lines and discharge water in these facilities; this allows us to do that,” Captain said.
Finley said the live-fire training event provides a simple communication link between the two organizations.
“We have accountability, incident command and other stuff that we have to integrate,” he said. “It is good to hash that stuff out here before we actually do them in real world.”
Captain added that if a catastrophic incident were to happen on Schriever, the firefighters here may need additional resources and that is when mutual aid partners, such as the El Paso County, would be requested.
“The more familiar we become with their equipment and capabilities during training scenarios, the better we will be able to mitigate a real world incident,” said Captain. “Seeing and working with their equipment is also beneficial in case we are requested to go off base to support them.”
After the event, Finley said the training was a great learning experience for both Schriever and El Paso County.
“It was an outstanding training,” he said. “Between the two organizations, they all met their objectives. I look forward to training with them again.”
This year, Schriever firefighters have also conducted training and base familiarization with other mutual aid fire departments, such as the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Ellicott Fire Protection District and Falcon Fire Protection District.