NEWS | Nov. 23, 2011

Firefighters ensure mission continues

By Staff Sgt. Katie Gieratz 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

More than 600 Airmen from the 628th Air Base Wing will put their skills to the test in support of the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection. The ORI will be conducted Nov. 29 through Dec. 7.

One such group that will be participating will be the firefighters from JB CHS.

Firefighters train their entire careers to ensure they are fully prepared for any contingency, including short notice deployments such as those being implemented as part of the ORI. Their training ensures Air Force assets are protected and fully capable to continue their vital mission.

Although firefighters are constantly training, they have recently added physical fitness circuit training to bolster their ability to survive and operate in a hostile environment.

"All of the training we have received has improved our productivity and provided the opportunity to expand our knowledge for operations regardless of time, place or circumstance," said Tech. Sgt. Brannon Mobley, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department safety officer.

Firefighters will be primarily responsible for the protection of the C-17 Globemaster III during the simulated deployment. However, they will provide assistance wherever they are needed.

"I have witnessed good energy between all the units on base and I am confident that the Airmen's operational readiness will continue to increase and surpass expectations," said Derrick Joe, 628th CES fire emergency services chief. "Our firefighters are an integral part of military operations and their job is to continue to protect all military personnel, aircraft and equipment."

ORI scenarios evaluate base operations, contingency response and sustained performance. An ORI is rated based on the overall inspection performance, readiness of major graded areas and sub-areas using the five-tier scale of outstanding, excellent, satisfactory, marginal and unsatisfactory.