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Teamwork leads to mission readiness

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dyllon Banks, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, pulls a firehose to a controlled fire at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dyllon Banks, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, pulls a firehose to a controlled fire at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018. Firefighters must stay physically fit in order to carry all their equipment as well as any extra items or people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman)

Team Shaw firefighters simulate putting out a fire through a window at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018.

Team Shaw firefighters simulate putting out a fire through a window at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018. Firefighters train to enter a building with a wingman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin Perry, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron, firefighter signals a fellow firefighter at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin Perry, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron, firefighter signals a fellow firefighter at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018. Throughout their career, firefighters use teamwork and communication is key to save lives and extinguishing fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman)

Whit Dodson, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, takes a moment to readjust at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018.

Whit Dodson, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, takes a moment to readjust at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018. Firefighters were broken up into multiple teams in order to provide training to everyone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Patrick Bentley, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron station captain, helps pull a hose from a building at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Patrick Bentley, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron station captain, helps pull a hose from a building at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018. Training enables firefighters to use what they learn as a second nature so there is no hesitation when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- In the military, many times the mission prevails through teamwork; teamwork throughout squadrons, organizations and internally within each shop.

With some jobs, teamwork is much more crucial to the specific mission, which is why fire training is so important for the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighters.

“Teamwork is very important, especially in the fire department,” said Airman 1st Class Dyllon Blanks, 20th CES firefighter. “You can’t just be an individual. Honestly, you have to rely on each other and be on your game because you really can’t do it by yourself.”

The fire department conducts training approximately once a month to simulate real-life situations.
A controlled fire will take place within a practice building and different teams will take turns putting out the fire at different angles in order to become diverse field in their training.

“The main purpose of our training is to stay ready,” said Staff Sgt. Terrell Thomas, 20th CES crew chief. “Just like any skill if you don’t practice or use it, you lose it and this training allows us to use it. Which gets us ready for the real thing as if it’s second nature to us.”

Training continues to be essential to the firefighting mission and keeps the firefighters on their toes for the real thing.

Both Blanks and Thomas agree training is fun and allows everyone to see their strengths and weakness, helping them become better overall firefighters.