Live fire training partners Airmen with local firefighters

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight pose with members of the Songtan fire department at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. The firefighters prepared for a live fire training exercise at the fire academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight pose with members of the Songtan fire department at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. The firefighters prepared for a live fire training exercise at the fire academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight wait for permission to enter a controlled live-fire complex at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. Osan fire and emergency service members regularly train with their Korean counterparts monthly, but this was the first time they conducted an off-base, live fire training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight wait for permission to enter a controlled live-fire complex at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. Osan fire and emergency service members regularly train with their Korean counterparts monthly, but this was the first time they conducted an off-base, live fire training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight douse a fire during structural live fire training at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. Small teams of firefighters tested their ability to extinguish structural fires inside high-heat, low-visibility situations during the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight douse a fire during structural live fire training at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. Small teams of firefighters tested their ability to extinguish structural fires inside high-heat, low-visibility situations during the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Master Sgt. Hungpyo Rucci, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight assistant chief for health and safety, speaks to his team before live fire training at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. The firefighters were training with their Korean counterparts in their first off-base, live fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Master Sgt. Hungpyo Rucci, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight assistant chief for health and safety, speaks to his team before live fire training at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. The firefighters were training with their Korean counterparts in their first off-base, live fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Staff Sgt. Michael White, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight fire communications NCO in charge, helps adjust his wingman’s oxygen mask at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. The firefighters were preparing for live fire training which required them to wear all protective and heat resistant gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

Staff Sgt. Michael White, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services flight fire communications NCO in charge, helps adjust his wingman’s oxygen mask at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. The firefighters were preparing for live fire training which required them to wear all protective and heat resistant gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

A 51st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter moves toward a fire during live fire training at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. Osan firefighters trained alongside their Korean counterparts in their first off-base, live fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

A 51st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter moves toward a fire during live fire training at the Kyonggi-do Fire Academy, Republic of Korea, May 18, 2016. Osan firefighters trained alongside their Korean counterparts in their first off-base, live fire training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron partnered with members of Songtan Fire Department a joint training structural live fire exercise May 18, 2016, at Kyonggi-do Fire Academy.

 

Osan fire and emergency services members train with Korean counterparts on a monthly basis, but this was the first time they participated in an off-base live fire training.

 

“It went really well today,” said Tech. Sgt. Crayton Felder, 51st CES assistant chief of operations. “All of the guys were hustling and knew what they were doing, and everyone worked very well together.”

 

The firefighters donned their gear upon arrival at the fire academy and soon charged into the live fire facility, working together to put out interior fires under the supervision of both Air Force and Korean senior fire and emergency services members.

“We get to see what they’re capable of, their facilities and how they train,” said Felder. “It may help spark our minds about how we can do certain things better and have a better working relationship with these guys.”

 

The mutual exchange of knowledge also brought along a mutual feeling of appreciation for the combined training.

 

“It was a good opportunity to train for a real world fire situation,” said Kim Young-Sun, Songtan fire station response team leader. “It’s more effective for each of our teams to know how we each respond.”