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A firefighter from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron goes back for another hose during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Okinawan firefighters conduct live fire training annually with 18th CES firefighters to help maintain readiness for Team Kadena and Okinawa in case of emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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Mitsuo Yamaguchi, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron fire training officer, briefs local firefighters during a training visit, Aug. 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 50 local firefighters visited Kadena to observe how Kadena's firefighters respond during fire emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

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Shimajiri Kenichi, Kadena Fire Emergency Service fire inspector, explains the equipment at Fire Station No. 1 during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 50 local firefighters visited to observe how Kadena's firefighters respond during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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Okinawan firefighters listen a brief Aug. 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 50 local firefighters observed Kadena's fire emergency service capabilities and learned about aircraft firefighting techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

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Okinawan firefighters discuss information gathered during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 50 local firefighters visited to observe how Kadena's firefighters respond during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters demonstrate the Oshkosh Striker’s different functions to fight fires during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Local firefighters gained better understanding of Kadena's fire emergency service capabilities, missions and operations during the hands-on training. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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An 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter’s helmet and equipment sit on the floor during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Local firefighters observed live fire and firefighting rescue equipment training during the hands-on exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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A firefighter from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron straightens out a hose during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Okinawan firefighters and members of the 18th CES keep Team Kadena and Okinawa safe by learning to work together. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Keith Brown, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, makes final checks to his partner’s equipment during annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Okinawan firefighters and members of the 18th CES keep Team Kadena and Okinawa safe by learning to work together. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters conduct annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Okinawan firefighters conduct live fire training annually with 18th CES firefighters to help maintain readiness for Team Kadena and Okinawa in case of emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters conduct annual hands-on fire training August 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Okinawan firefighters conduct live fire training annually with 18th CES firefighters to help maintain readiness for Team Kadena and Okinawa in case of emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron hosted hands-on fire training with local firefighters from various cities in Okinawa August 14, 2017. 

“We conducted hands-on training on an F-15 to demonstrate the egress procedures, discussed the hazards associated with the aircraft, and showed a demo on what we would do on an emergency response,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Billy Parham, 18th CES, assistant chief of training.

The training was a crucial step in preparedness and readiness for the local firefighters in the case of an emergency. Depending on the location of an emergency, local firefighters will be the first to respond. 

According to Parham, this training is important for the locals as well to know how to handle emergencies with either our aircraft, or the Japan Self-Defense Force aircraft.

“They have completely different missions than what we have,” said Parham. “Our primary focus is on aircraft and then secondary is structural, where their mission is primarily structural. It’s great for them to come in and see the aircraft, learn the hazards on the aircraft, and then, if anything happens in their district with one of our aircraft, they’re prepared to handle it.”

The training conducted is in line with the mandated yearly training by the United States Forces Japan agreement, and the host site rotates between the different branches on the island.

“The training happens yearly, it alternates between who takes the lead,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jesse O’Connor, 18th CES, readiness and emergency management flight commander. “It’s one of a four-part requirement. There’s a hands-on, two table-tops, and a field training exercise.”

The training is an opportunity to help members from the 18th CES understand more about the different equipment used by the local firefighters, as well as helping break down the language barrier.

“Our stuff is not compatible with theirs when it comes to fire apparatuses, so they get to see what we have and we get to see what they have so that we can put it together,” said Parham. “It opens the doors to the Japanese and shows we do care about our impact here.”

Training together makes a positive impact on the local community and Kadena. By teaching Okinawan firefighters how Team Kadena’s firefighters operate, members of the 18th CES help keep Team Kadena and Okinawa safe, secure, and prepared for any emergency.