• 167th Airlift Wing firefighters train on disaster response

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – They changed the tires on their equipment trailer, prepped their communication devices, loaded their urban search and rescue kits and headed south from Martinsburg to Charleston for Vigilant Guard 2021.Vigilant Guard is an annual large-scale disaster response exercise sponsored

  • Nebraska, Czech Republic firefighters strengthen partnership

    LINCOLN AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Fourteen firefighters from the Army of the Czech Republic trained alongside their U.S. counterparts with the 155th Air Refueling Wing Aug. 16-19 at Lincoln Air Force Base and Offutt Air Force Base.Nebraska and the Czech Republic exchange ideas and training methods and

  • Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

    RAINIER, Wash. – With the summer months in full swing, the Washington National Guard is preparing for what could be a busy fire season.“We successfully trained 180 Guardsmen during the four academies. Mixed with our recertification, we will have approximately 250 service members ready to support the

  • 167th firefighters train to save lives, rescue local man

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Rigorous training, every shift, often blindfolded. That’s how 167th firefighters prepared to respond to a structure fire, pulling an unconscious man from a second story bedroom to medics on the ground below, saving him from imminent death. Staff Sgt. Daniel Coffman and Senior

  • Airmen work with local agencies to be prepared for emergencies

    ROSECRANS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mo. -- Missouri Airmen and civilian emergency response agencies from St. Joseph and the surrounding area gather together at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base to practice a major accident response.Airmen with the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard,

  • Innovation funds help Nebraska National Guard firefighters

    LINCOLN, Neb. – Improving readiness just got a whole lot easier for the Nebraska Air National Guard Fire Department. Using U.S. Air Force innovation funds, the department recently bought a new pump operation simulator that allows firefighters to better prepare for emergencies while saving water.

  • NY Guard's 109th firefighters ready for fast-water rescues

    SCOTIA, N.Y. – New York Air National Guard firefighters assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing are ready at a moment’s notice to respond to an aircraft incident or help out a local fire department. But the 109th firefighters now also include three Airmen specially trained to save lives when floodwaters

  • Idaho National Guard firefighters train for real emergencies

    Firefighters from the 124th Civil Engineer Squadron conducted a series of live-burn, vehicle extrication and classroom exercises in Boise June 6-7.Senior Master Sgt. Josh Zimmerly, Gowen Field Fire Department’s acting military fire chief, said extrication training using the Jaws of Life, spreaders,