DVIDS – News – 52nd BEB Partners with Fire Department to Secure Fort Carson

In Colorado’s often hot and arid climate, a wildfire, if left unchecked, could spread through large parts of the Fort Carson training area, hampering training and endangering thousands of inhabitants.

Since March, the 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division has partnered with its facility’s fire department, the Fort Carson Fire Department, to help control forest fires.

ft. The Carson Fire Department travels on dirt access roads throughout the training area when a fire breaks out to extinguish the blaze. Over the years, some roads in the 215 square mile training area have become overgrown, potholed, or washed out. This prevents Ft. Carson Fire Dept. quick access to many parts of the training area.

Fortunately, the 52nd Bde. Eng. Good. engineers have worked diligently over the past five months to improve more than 25 miles of access roads so that Ft. Carson Fire Dept. can travel faster and safer to control forest fires.

In August, 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 52nd Bde. Eng. Good. engineers improved a difficult three-mile road near Booth Mountain, a local landmark reaching 6,450 feet above sea level and 640 feet above the surrounding terrain.

This mountainous and rocky section was first overgrown or washed away by floods. Even ft. The powerful F-550 sweeper trucks of Carson Fire Dept. could not travel safely on the roads.

After surveying the field with Ft. Carson Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Mitchum Van Dyke, 3rd Plt. got to work.

The peloton’s 120M grader could regrade flatter sections of road. Most of the other sections required more earthworks to improve their circulation.

D6 bulldozers cut the necessary sections of soil and removed large rocks. The high-mobility shovels then used their front buckets to haul new soil for the roadway. The 120M grader smoothed out the remaining ruts as a finishing touch.

The still steep and windy roads may not allow for smooth Sunday driving, but they now allow Ft. Carson Fire Department trucks to move in an emergency.

sergeant. Antonio Enriquez, the acting platoon sergeant on the site, recalls: “I worked with them [firefighters] before; it is refreshing. There is an overview of what we do. What we do has a purpose; it is significant for another organization, other people.

Fortunately, before joining the military, Enriquez served as a Type 1 wildland firefighter for three years with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

ft. Carson Fire Dept. agreed that the 52nd Bde. Eng. Good. the work had a significant impact.

ft. Carson Fire Department Deputy Chief Van Dyke planned the roads to work on, basing his decision on road conditions and an assessment of fire danger in the training area. The Van Dyke team at Fort. The Carson Fire Department was also heavily involved on site scouting locations, supervising work and testing their truck traffic.

So far, the 52nd Bde. Eng. Good. completed Ft. Carson Fire Department’s top three priority areas.

According to Van Dyke’s ambitious plan, there are still many kilometers to go. As 52nd Bde. Eng. Good. prepares for an upcoming training rotation, the project will be transferred to another Bde. Eng. Good. on Strong. Carson to continue the work.

Over the past five months, the 52nd Bde. Eng. Good. adapted his work with Ft. Carson Fire Dept. in a busy training program.

As an engineer support platoon in the 52nd Bde. Eng. Bn., 3rd Plt. focuses on mobility and survivability missions in support of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Platoon horizontal construction engineers typically use their digging resources to build anti-tank ditches, Stryker defiles, and crew-served battle positions.

This unique mission was a new training opportunity for the platoon.

Enriquez describes: “The peloton has understood what it is to build roads. They have a better understanding of what it’s like in the civilian world when they go out.

The fire mission was a boon for the 52nd Bde. Eng. Ben., Strong. Carson Fire Dept., and Ft. Carson. The 52nd Brigade. Eng. Engineers from Bn. learned new skills to complete their mission and prepare them for work outside the military.

Likewise, ft. Carson Fire Dept. can now traverse the training area more quickly and safely to complete his fire control mission at Fort. Carson.

More importantly, the soldiers and families of Ft. Carson are now a little safer knowing that its fire department is more capable than ever.

Date taken: 09.09.2022
Date posted: 09.09.2022 14:06
Story ID: 428919

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