Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Juan King, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
Commander Navy Region Japan (CNRJ) firefighters, first responders and training team members of the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) for Fire Fighting and Damage Control Training showed their capabilities on board Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka,during a joint training evolution January 27.
The training provided an opportunity for the groups to function together in a joint environment while also completing training requirements said Chief Damage Controlman Justin Nixon a SWOS instructor who took part in the Jan. 27, event.
“What we saw here today was a joint effort between CNRJ, the base fire department and ourselves during the live fire exercise with a helo rescue,” Nixon said. “We do normal training here for Navy personnel and civilian personnel as well. So we actually had a real live fire in which the fire department utilized all their training, all their resources, and actually rescued two simulated pilots in the helo crash scenario.”
The CNRJ firefighting training requirements also give [CNRJ] invaluable experience and confidence of putting out a real fire, Nixon added.
Experience that is also shared and utilized by CFAY’s firefighting person.
“We are required to do live fire training with the members of SWOS who provide us the opportunity to come and practice on their mock up”, said Commander, Fire and Emergency Services Regional Deputy Fire Chief Gifton Lawrence, Jr.
“We were able to come in here and simulate a rescue during a live fire situation.”
Nixon said SWOS holds this type of training twice a week with the base fire department in order to keep current on certifications and their knowledge base.
“I think what you actually saw here, was demonstrated trained precision,” Nixon said. “Over time, you see the different firefighters come through, the different amount of instructors that come through and the amount of dedication that is given to each scenario. People really, really enjoy it and they are passionate about their jobs.
“Especially here today you saw that even though there were simulated dummies, they utilized everything in their power to make sure that the simulated rescuees got the aid that they needed, even to CPR. Putting out the fire as expeditiously as they can was the training that they’ve learned over the past by coming here to this facility. So I am really happy that it went down the way it did.”