12 December 2012
Every branch in the military has job as a firefighter. therefore they each have different ways of fighting fires. The navy fights fires on the sea, seashore, and on ships. The airforce fights them by the air, while the Army fights them from land. The marines do a little bit of everything. Michael Archer said, “The Air Force [who managed the base] would watch hot brakes on an aircraft for about 18 minutes to make sure they didn’t catch fire, then have the aircraft taxi back to the line. The marines are much more aggressive. They would jump out, chock and pin the aircraft, and use fans to cool the brakes off for five minutes or so, then let it taxi back to the line. Like the different to EMT services has different levels, so do the marine fire sevices. Theres offshore firefighter, Land based Firefighter, Helicopter Landing Officer, Basic marine Firefighter, and Advanced Marine Firefighter. They take their classes at Louisiana State University. All Marines have to go through boot camp which is 13 weeks. After the all the marine training the marines start taking classes in what they signed up to do. They spend 2 to 6 months of schooling, and then the other 18 months are of practicing. The marine firefighters’ classes consist of Tank Barge Fire Fighting which provides instruction on how to prevent, control, and extinguish fires on a barge utilizing different kinds of extinguishers, water lines, and foam. Field exercises test the skills of the student to successfully control and extinguish fires common to the tank barge firefighting profession; this class is 16 hours. The Offshore Fire Fighting teaches Field exercises that will help develop the skills and knowledge on how to successfully and safely control and extinguish fires common to the offshore profession; this class is 16 Hours. The Land Based Marine Fire Fighting course provides the land-based Firefighter with the training,...