News>Airmen demonstrate capabilities during life-like exercise
Firefighters from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron search for victims aboard an E-3 Sentry during a simulated engine fire Jan. 19, 2011, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The simulated engine fire was part of Beverly High 11-02, a local operational readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
A firefighter from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron stands ready with a fire hose for a simulated-burning-aircraft scenario during Beverly High 11-02, a Local Operational Readiness Exercise Jan. 19, 2011, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The scenario tested the skills and capabilities of Kadena AB's emergency-response professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman)
Firefighters from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron treat a simulated victim from a simulated E-3 Sentry engine fire Jan. 19, 2011, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The simulated engine fire was part of Beverly High 11-02, a Local Operational Readiness Exercise, and tested the firefighters' ability to respond to an aircraft fire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
Firefighters from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron run to save simulated victims in an aircraft-fire scenario during Beverly High 11-02, a local operational readiness exercise Jan. 19, 2011, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise tested the skills and capabilities of Kadena AB's firefighters, security-forces, and flight-medicine professionals, and their ability to work together during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman)
by Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman
18th Wing Public Affairs
1/25/2011 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Airmen here recently participated in Beverly High 11-02, a local operational readiness exercise that used scenarios to gauge Airmen's ability to react and respond to different situations and base emergencies.
In one scenario Jan. 19, firefighters, security-forces and flight-medicine professionals were presented with a simulated engine fire aboard an E-3 Sentry aircraft on the flightline here.
The simulation gave the various units the opportunity to train together in a presumably dangerous situation, better preparing them for real-world emergencies.
"The purpose of training with all the different units is so we can establish better continuity and cohesion," said Master Sgt. Thomas Woodie, the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief and exercise-evaluation-team evaluator. "I think all the units worked extremely well together. When they come out here and they see what our operation entails and the type of equipment we use, then they're better equipped to know when they call in an emergency, what type of information we need to put us at the best level of response."
The exercise simulated an engine fire on the aircraft that injured numerous people onboard, forcing the responding units to perform on-scene actions to treat the wounded victims.
While some of the victims received fake cuts and bruises, others screamed in terror from simulated dismemberment and impaled objects. The rescue professionals had to treat each victim according to the severity of his injuries, giving them a real-life look into the emergencies they could possibly face in the future.
"The casualties were pretty good," Sergeant Woodie said. "They gave my firefighters a realistic view of how people would actually act in an aircraft emergency, so they had to use all of their capabilities to calm the patients down, get them to triage and actually find out what was wrong with the patient. It was a very good exercise in patient triage."
Sergeant Woodie said that due to mission constraints, it's difficult to get days to train aboard aircraft. However, thanks to the LORE's simulation, the units were better able to train in a more hands-on environment.
"I think the most important thing that the troops got out of the training was that they were actually able to go onto the E-3 and perform rescue (operations)," he added.
This is just one of many scenarios testing the operational readiness of Airmen at Kadena Air Base during the LORE, which is scheduled to run through the end of the week.
"(People) shouldn't be looking at it like an exercise," Sergeant Woodie said. "They should be looking at it as a practice to the real mission that we support every day in the Air Force. I think it's a good opportunity to hone our combat skills, but it's only as good of an opportunity as we apply ourselves. We've got to take full advantage of the LORE this week and actually hone our skills."