ARFF Marines test skills
By Lance Cpl. Samantha Torres, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Marines with the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort put their skills to the test as they rotate teams putting out fuel fires on a model jet, May 28.
"We do training fires once a month to train for possible fuel fires and other emergencies on the flight line," said Cpl. Damien Sanders, a crew chief with ARFF.
ARFF Marines are trained to gear up and be ready for an emergency within minutes of the call. Their quick response time is critical to any emergency situation aboard the Air Station.
"Our mission is to protect property and flight operations by employing advanced fire suppression rescue operations, “said Cpl. Dustin Gober, a hand line operator with ARFF.
Training with live fires ensures that the Marines understand the severity and importance of their specialty to the Air Station.