Firefighters from Marine Corps Installations Pacific Fire and Emergency Services and the Naha City Fire Department conducted live-fire training March 25 at the Camp Hansen Fire Training Center. The training highlighted the different firefighting techniques and methods that each department uses to accomplish the same mission.
Bilateral training began with firefighters from both departments receiving a safety briefing and a plan to tackle the blaze. Shortly after, a controlled indoor fire was started in the training tower where MCIPAC F&ES firefighters gathered and responded.
“When our firefighters started responding, they chose an offensive firefighting tactic,” said Hideaki Tomimoto, Camp Kinser Fire Department Battalion Chief. “First they rescued the dummy victims, then immediately attacked the fire. They used a short jet nozzle to avoid thermal disturbance of the room in which the fire was and hydraulic ventilation to improve their visibility in this piece.
Tomimoto explained how the firefighters lingered inside the smoky room while practicing their navigation skills in the low-visibility environment. Due to limited visibility, firefighters used their auditory and heat-sensing skills to locate and extinguish the fire in the room.
“This training was the last iteration of the bilateral training we did this year.” Hideaki Tomimoto, Camp Kinser Fire Department Battalion Chief
“It was a fantastic opportunity to work with the Naha City Fire Department and see the different techniques they use to fight fires,” Tomimoto said.
After MCIPAC F&ES completed its iterations, the group set two more consecutive fires inside the practice tower for the Naha City Fire Department to put out.
“This training has been extremely beneficial to our department,” said Hokuto Genka, Chief of Operations of Naha City Fire Department. “We don’t always get the chance to train with live fire. In addition, we were able to show each department’s different way of fighting fires and learn from observation.
Genka explained that firefighters from the Naha City Fire Department experimented with different methods to put out indoor fires depending on their conditions and temperature. He said observing and training with MCIPAC F&ES firefighters has provided the Naha City Fire Department with more ideas and a better concept of how different methods can achieve the same goal.
“As firefighters, we are here to protect the lives of citizens,” Genka said. “Above all, this training gave many opportunities for the firefighters to build good relationships with each other. We look forward to training more with MCIPAC F&ES to respond more effectively to emergencies together.