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914th conducts search and rescue operations exercise

Staff Sgt. Brian Nosbisch, a member of the 914th Fire Department, stands in a cloud of smoke after the completion of the search and rescue operations exercise on Sept. 9, 2021, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Martinez).

914th conducts search and rescue operations exercise

An Airman from the 914th Fire Department climbs through the second story of a building to join fellow firefighters in a simulated search and rescue operations exercise on Sept. 9, 2021, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The Fire Department conducts routine training to ensure all members are adequately trained, well equipped, and ready to respond to any type of emergency they may face. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Martinez)

914th conducts search and rescue operations exercise

Tech. Sgt. Levi Auge, a 914th Fire Department firefighter, carries a ladder during the unit training assembly simulated search and rescue operations exercise on Sept. 9, 2021, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. Crew members trained with different equipment such as ladders, thermal cameras, the hose, etc. to accomplish the objective of victim packaging and rescue for routine training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Martinez).

914th conducts search and rescue operations exercise

Staff Sgt. Markel Kendrick and Staff Sgt. Brian Nosbisch, members of the 914th Fire Department, fist bump after completing a simulated search and rescue operations exercise on Sept. 9, 2021, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. Routine training is conducted to evaluate the skills and fundamental basics each Airman must be able to display. Camaraderie and exemplary teamwork are just two of the many assets our service members display (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Martinez).

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. --

Airmen from the 914th Fire Department conducted routine training here during the unit training assembly September 9.

The search and rescue operations exercise objective was to evaluate the fundamental basics and skills in victim packaging and rescue.

“When we active a crew into a scene we move quickly with purpose,” said Senior Airman Collin Berst, a member of the 914th Fire Department. “Crews perform a systemic search of the area as they progress further into the building.”

Fire “teams” are broken down into three to four members. Teamwork and communication are essential.

“Our Airmen are constantly working on bettering our skills, and our relationships through communication and teamwork,” said Berst. “If those key blocks of foundation fail, our mission becomes compromised.” 

Crew members trained with different equipment such as proper protective equipment, ladders, advancing hose lines, thermal cameras, and various tools to help them complete the mission.

“The air cylinders we wear are carbon fiber compressed air cylinders,” said Berst. “They supply us with 60 minutes of breathable air in immediate danger to life and health environments.”

After a search is completed the crew members evacuate the vicinity and reset the equipment into a position of response ready before conducting a “hot wash” to reflect, as a team, how the exercise went. This gives the team an opportunity to identify what went well and what can be improved for future trainings and real-world emergencies.

“The fire service has always been known for its brotherhood and sisterhood,” said Berst. “Our unit strives to keep the tradition of having a bond like no other.”