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Putting New Heavy Rescue to the Test

Fire Lt. Isaiah C. Draper, a firefighter with the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, poses in front of the new Heavy Rescue truck before an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

Fire Lt. Isaiah C. Draper, a firefighter with the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, poses in front of the new Heavy Rescue truck before an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. Draper was responsible for redesigning the body of the standard-issued truck to ensure their assigned rescue equipment is easily accessible once they get on scene. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Four firefighters from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron practice saving a rescue mannequin from a simulated major vehicle accident during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

Four firefighters from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron practice saving a rescue mannequin from a simulated major vehicle accident during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. Training provides firefighters with the much needed experience to respond more efficiently to cases, which increases the potential to save lives and reduce the property damage caused by the fires. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

A firefighter from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron uses a Holmatro spreader in order to pry open vehicle doors during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

A firefighter from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron uses a Holmatro spreader in order to pry open vehicle doors during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. The main function of these rescue spreaders is to open up the vehicle doors and windows, allowing firefighters and other first responders to easily access those who need help. Rescue cutters and spreaders are often seen as one of the most important rescue tools today. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Fire Lt. Chris Gay, the training cordinator for the Sable Altura Fire Rescue, saws into the windshield of a car during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

Fire Lt. Chris Gay, the training cordinator for the Sable Altura Fire Rescue, saws into the windshield of a car during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. Removing windows and cutting holes in the roof or windshield slows down damaging fire movement and enables the firefighters to fight more efficiently, resulting in far less damage in the long run. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

A firefighter from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron smashes a window during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

A firefighter from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron smashes a window during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. Firefighters will smash car windows whenever necessary to run the hose through, ventilate the fire to lessen the damage or whenever it is imperative to do so for extraction purposes. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Fire Lt. Christopher Debaca, a firefighter with the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, hoses down a burning vehicle during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

Fire Lt. Christopher Debaca, a firefighter with the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, hoses down a burning vehicle during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. Debaca extinguished all fire threats while his team prepared to extract two rescue mannequins from the simulated accident. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Fire Lt. Christopher Debaca and Dusty Smock, both firefighters from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, hose down a burning vehicle during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021.

Fire Lt. Christopher Debaca and Dusty Smock, both firefighters from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, hose down a burning vehicle during an auto extraction exercise on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 24, 2021. The firefighters conducted this exercise in order to evaluate their ability to execute a successful extraction of two rescue mannequins while simultaneously extinguishing fire threats. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Firefighters from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, are getting a much needed upgrade.

They received a new Heavy Rescue truck and soon will have a Heavy Hazardous Materials Response vehicle on the way.

Fire Lt. Isaiah C. Draper, a firefighter from the 460th CES, redesigned the new truck to make their assigned rescue equipment easily accessible once the firefighters arrive on scene. The tools were firmly secured and can be easily pulled out without hurting their backs or injuring other areas of their body. They also have the ability to travel through rough terrain and are able to illuminate the scene in incidents that require specialized lighting to operate safely.

“The truck is now able to respond with the necessary tools needed at various types of Technical Rescue Incidents,” said Draper. “Incidents such as rope rescue and confined space, along with unique incidents that involve a myriad of different specialized stabilization and extraction tools for an auto and machinery extraction.”

Team Buckley's firefighters put this new Heavy Rescue truck to the test during an auto extraction exercise on Feb. 24, 2021. This exercise consisted of a pileup of three cars with two rescue mannequins needing to be saved in a timely manner. The team successfully extinguished the fires and safely rescued the mannequins thanks to their expertise and the new Heavy Rescue.

The firefighters conducted this exercise in order to evaluate their ability to execute a successful extraction while simultaneously testing out the new truck. During the exercise, the Sable Altura Fire Rescue came out and assisted the firefighters with the extraction.

“Our relationship with Buckley’s firefighters is one that cannot be replaced,” said Fire Lt. Chris Gay, the training cordinator with the Sable Altura Fire rescue. “It is a very unique environment that we have, and we even tackle the same calls together. Our partnership is a very valued asset to both of our departments.”

Buckley's firefighters plan to conduct a series of monthly exercises where the training section will test everyone's different proficiency skills. They have also made it a goal to invite mutual-aid partners to come out and train with them to build upon our relationship with the community.

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