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419th firefighters test rescue skills in blazing jet

An aircraft is set on fire as part of an aircraft live-fire burn conducted by the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill Air Force Bas

An aircraft is set on fire as part of an aircraft live-fire burn conducted by the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. Twice a year, Reserve firefighters from the 419th participate in hands-on training that sharpens their communication, safety, rescue, and hazardous material response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron respond to an aircraft live-fire burn at Hill Air Force Base

Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron respond to an aircraft live-fire burn at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. The biannual burn exercises provide firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron enter a downed aircraft during a live-fire burn to simulate the rescue of unaccounted for passengers

Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron enter a downed aircraft during a live-fire burn to simulate the rescue of unaccounted for passengers at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. Twice a year, Reserve firefighters from the 419th participate in hands-on training that sharpens their communication, safety, rescue, and hazardous material response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Colt Cottrell, firefighter with the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, responds to a fire onboard a “downed aircraft” during a readiness training exercise

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Colt Cottrell, firefighter with the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, responds to a fire onboard a “downed aircraft” during a readiness training exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. The biannual burn exercise provide Reserve firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pittson, firefighter with the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, carries a firehose after responding to an aircraft live-fire burn

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pittson, firefighter with the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, carries a firehose after responding to an aircraft live-fire burn at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. The biannual burns provide firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wyatt Matthews, firefighter in the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, extinguishes a fire onboard a “downed aircraft” during a readiness training exercise

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wyatt Mathews, firefighter in the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, extinguishes a fire onboard a “downed aircraft” during a readiness training exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. The biannual burn exercise provides firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wyatt Matthews, firefighter in the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, reaches out to fellow firefighters during a readiness training exercise

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wyatt Mathews, firefighter in the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, reaches out to fellow firefighters during a readiness training exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. Biannual burn exercises provide firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron respond to an aircraft live-fire burn at Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron respond to an aircraft live-fire burn at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. The biannual burn exercises provide firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wyatt Matthews, firefighter in the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, extinguishes a fire onboard a “downed aircraft” during a readiness training exercise

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wyatt Mathews, firefighter in the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, extinguishes a fire onboard a “downed aircraft” during a readiness training exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. The biannual burn exercise provide firefighters firsthand experience in aircraft and structural live-fire burns to ensure they are trained, equipped, and ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

Firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron extinguish the remnants of a fire during an aircraft live-burn at Hill Air Force Base
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Firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron extinguish the remnants of a fire during an aircraft live-burn at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Sept. 12, 2021. Twice a year, Reserve firefighters from the 419th participate in hands-on training that sharpens their communication, safety, rescue, and hazardous material response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Reserve firefighters from the 419th Civil Engineer Squadron participated in an aircraft live-fire burn here Sept. 12, 2021, entering into a blaze to rescue three unaccounted for passengers.

“It’s extremely important to have training like this,” said Tech. Sgt. Jordan Castaneda, firefighter with the 419th CES. “Things need to flow properly so that when the call comes in, we are ready, organized, trained, and equipped to handle the situation.”

419th firefighters are required to participate in these burns twice a year, which also serve to strengthen teamwork.

“We can’t be a proficient team without frequent training,” said Chief Master Sgt. Shane Rutledge, fire chief with the 419th CES. “When one of our firefighters gets off a truck, everyone needs to know what they are going to do. Otherwise, we lose seconds and the ability to have a positive outcome.”

The 419th CES is home to 32 firefighters, some of whom also serve the local community as firefighters and paramedics, bringing their civilian experience to the military.

“We’re here to protect those who serve,” Rutledge said. “This team stands ready, and I’ve never been more proud to lead a team of professionals than I have right here.”

419th firefighters are equipped to deploy and provide firefighting, rescue, and hazardous materials.