DynCorp International team members working on the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP IV) contract at the Camp Leatherneck Fire Department in Afghanistan completed Fire Extinguisher Training earlier this month. New members of the Headquarters and Service Company 1st Battalion, 25 Marines also participated as part of a Weapons Certification Course.
Randy Robinson, LOGCAP Firefighter at Camp Leatherneck Fire Department, explained how to protect the base while standing guard at posts and described the various types of fire extinguishers.
Portable Fire Extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing fires within the capability of the extinguisher. However, they must be of the correct type for the particular fire, and they must be used correctly. Each type of extinguisher may be rated for one or more classes of fire.
In some cases, particular extinguishers are not only considered ineffective against certain classes of fire, they can be dangerous if used in those circumstances. The classes of fire are: Class A (Ordinary Combustibles), Class B (Flammable and combustible liquids), Class C (Flammable gases), Class D (Combustible metals), Class E (Electrically energized equipment), and Class F (Cooking oils and fats).
For example, a fake extinguisher that fueled the fire instead of putting it out was given to the class in order to demonstrate the need to accurately verify the extinguisher type before being used.
LOGCAP Firefighters Marc Fowler and Afrim Latifi then instructed the class on the proper use of a certified Fire Extinguisher. The class learned the PASS system:
- “Pull” the safety pin
- “Aim” the hose
- “Squeeze” the handle
- “Sweep” the base of the fire
Captain Thomas Cunningham, Commander, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines commented, “We want to thank the DynCorp International team for their professionalism and willingness to help.”
Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher Training at FOB Edinburgh
On October 15, Don Schell, LOGCAP Firefighter and Fire Inspector, conducted the Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher certification training at Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Afghanistan. Both classes require a combination of classroom and hands-on training.
Seventeen DynCorp International team members and 11 military personnel, including the Camp Commandant, attended the Fire Warden training, while 13 DI employees and nine military personnel attended the Fire Extinguisher training.
Regular training sessions, such as these, help to keep FOB Edinburgh’s fire safety program successful.
“Edinburgh’s Fire Protection program is one of the best in theater,” commented Schell.