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Live fire training: fire vs. firefighter

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Senior Airman Aaron Shields sets fire to pallets and cardboard during a controlled burn here March 25, 2011. The base fire department received nearly 100 houses to practice fighting house fires. Airman Shields, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Senior Airman Aaron Shields sets fire to pallets and cardboard during a controlled burn here March 25, 2011. The base fire department received nearly 100 houses to practice fighting house fires. Airman Shields, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- The fire department checks for hot spots using a Scott brand thermal imaging camera to ensure fires are not restarted by hot coals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- The fire department checks for hot spots using a Scott brand thermal imaging camera to ensure fires are not restarted by hot coals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Four Airmen await their turn to put out a controlled fire here March 25, 2011. When fighting an uncontrolled fire, firefighters have two back up crews waiting outside the building for support. The Airmen are members of the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron's fire department. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Four Airmen await their turn to put out a controlled fire here March 25, 2011. When fighting an uncontrolled fire, firefighters have two back up crews waiting outside the building for support. The Airmen are members of the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron's fire department. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. ? Vaden Lee (standing) and Brad Peele watch as members of the Goldsboro and the base fire departments work to contain a controlled burn here March 25, 2011. Lee and Peele are members of the Goldsboro Fire Department and, along with the rest of their department, participated in the live burns. Both hail from Goldsboro. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. ? Vaden Lee (standing) and Brad Peele watch as members of the Goldsboro and the base fire departments work to contain a controlled burn here March 25, 2011. Lee and Peele are members of the Goldsboro Fire Department and, along with the rest of their department, participated in the live burns. Both hail from Goldsboro. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – Vanden Lee breaks a window for additional ventilation during a controlled burn in a house scheduled for demolition here March 25, 2011. Lee is a firefighter with the Goldsboro Fire Department and hails from Goldsboro. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – Vanden Lee breaks a window for additional ventilation during a controlled burn in a house scheduled for demolition here March 25, 2011. Lee is a firefighter with the Goldsboro Fire Department and hails from Goldsboro. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rae Perry) (RELEASED)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Firefighters typically do not set fires, they put them out. During most live fire training, firefighters typically use propane fires in a simulator instead of using paper and wood propellant Airmen here set fires to base houses scheduled for demolition to learn how to extinguish them.

The base fire department chief Sean Quinby, invited the Goldsboro fire department to train with base firefighters. Both fire departments try to train together annually to prepare for fires or other potentially hazardous situations that may require augmentation.

The Goldsboro fire department will have a fire crew at the Oak Forest gate assist with the upcoming Wings Over Wayne airshow April 16th and 17th. For additional information on the Wings Over Wayne Airshow visit www.WingsOverWayne.com.
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