Magazine article National Defense

Air Force, Army Open Fire Training Facility

Magazine article National Defense

Air Force, Army Open Fire Training Facility

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A new Air Force-Army fire training complex recently opened at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

"The joint training complex gives all fire departments a chance to train together," said Tech. Sgt. William McCammitt, 43rd Civil Engineer Squadron fire department assistant chief of training. "We respond together quite often and with this training, it will give us the upper hand in working together and what to expect once we, or they, arrive at the emergency scene.

Two training structures complete the complex. One is a 72-foot long, 25-foot tall mockup of an aircraft with a 72-foot wingspan. The second is a 35-foot tall housing structure containing a mock bedroom, living room, kitchen and storage room.

The aircraft mockup, a $1.8 million project, which was completed in February, can simulate a cockpit fire and a fire in the fuselage in both large-framed and fighter aircraft, said Robert Oenbrink, project engineer.

The house structure is a $1 million effort that offers training in interior fires and highangle rescue from the top of the building, said Master Sgt. …

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