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Offutt firefighters train Missouri firefighters

Firefighters from both Offutt Air Force Base and 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri participate in a training exercise of a simulated aircraft fire on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. These types of exercises allows the firefighters to sharpen and enhance their skills they may use on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Firefighters from both Offutt Air Force Base and 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri participate in a training exercise of a simulated aircraft fire on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. These types of exercises allows the firefighters to sharpen and enhance their skills they may use on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Firefighters from both Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska and 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri participate in a training exercise of a simulated aircraft fire on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. The exercise provided first-hand experience what tools and techniques are needed to perform the duties of a firefighter on various Air Force bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Firefighters from both Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska and 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri participate in a training exercise of a simulated aircraft fire on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. The exercise provided first-hand experience what tools and techniques are needed to perform the duties of a firefighter on various Air Force bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Staff Sgt. Ayo Deleimokhome, with the 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri gets his oxygen mask tested by Tech. Sgt. Kyle Clark, Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska Fire and Rescue, after participating in a simulated aircraft fire on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. The exercise allows firefighters to safely improve search and rescue capabilities and fire response skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Staff Sgt. Ayo Deleimokhome, with the 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri gets his oxygen mask tested by Tech. Sgt. Kyle Clark, Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska Fire and Rescue, after participating in a simulated aircraft fire on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. The exercise allows firefighters to safely improve search and rescue capabilities and fire response skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Bill Dudek, Offutt Fire Rescue assistant chief, gives a briefing before firefighters both with Offutt Air Force Base and the 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri during a training exercise on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. The 139th Fire and Emergency Services Team made the trip to Offutt AFB because their normal training site at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri was out of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Bill Dudek, Offutt Fire Rescue assistant chief, gives a briefing before firefighters both with Offutt Air Force Base and the 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri during a training exercise on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, June 6. The 139th Fire and Emergency Services Team made the trip to Offutt AFB because their normal training site at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri was out of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. --

The 139th Airlift Wing Fire and Emergency Services from St. Joseph, Missouri recently visited firefighters from Offutt Air Force Base for some important training.

The 139th Fire and Emergency Services Team made the trip to Offutt AFB because their normal training site at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri was out of service.

“We were eager to accommodate them so training was setup for June 5 and 6,” said James Lencke, Offutt AFB deputy fire chief.

 The 139th AW is a Missouri Air National Guard unit with a requirement to conduct aircraft and structural live fire training to ensure firefighters remain proficient in fire extinguishment and rescue procedures. 

 “The training we conducted was propane fires on our aircraft mock up to simulate realistic fires. Crews would enter the area and proceed to fight the fires as they would a real aircraft fire, giving them the opportunity to fight a training fire and be better prepared should they have to use these skills in the future,” said Todd Kiesel, Offutt Fire Rescue assistant chief.

 There were a total of 34 Missouri Air National Guard firefighters from the 139th AW that participated in the training.

 “The structural live fire trainer allowed us to exercise our fire ground tactics and procedures for structural scenarios which included laddering, fire stream application, and horizontal and vertical ventilation to name a few,” said Chief Master Sgt. Brian Jansen, 139th AW fire chief.  “Offutt firefighters’ team approach to training was greatly appreciated.”