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me. I would especially appreciate equipment photos.
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The following photographs were taken at the AF's
Firefighter Tech. School The 3345th Technical School, Chanute A.F.B - Rantoul, Illinois in
(These photos are from the collection of and are
Copyright protected by Bill Junkins)
following photos are of a training pit fire. This first photo is of the crash
trucks waiting to be
called in to attack the fire. The trucks from front to back are: an 011B, a P2, and an O6.
In this photo, jet fuel, JP-4, is being pumped into the fire
pit. If you look very closely, you can see a whitish area where the wing connects to the
body of the mock-up. This is fuel being pumped from a nozzle.
This photo is of an instructor lighting off the fire. Note the
flames from the instructors torch flowing behind him. This is a job you do very quickly.
The fire is taking off.
The Dragon Is Awakened!
More of The Dragon
Initial Attack - The brownish looking fluid
coming out of the roof and the bumper turrets of the truck is foam. The whitish cloud
coming out of the O6 is CO2.
The truck in the foreground expelling foam from it's roof turret
is an O11B.
More of the "Attack"
Protecting the "Rescue."
Fun's over, time for
Left to Right: ? Cato, ?, ? Barbello, ?, Me, ?
The equipment from front to back: O6, O11B.
Equipment from front to rear: O6, P12, P2, O11B
Front to back: ? Felix, Ron(?) Karvi, Me, ?
Lewis, ?, ? (Bish) Bishop.
I cannot remember the rest. If you are or recognize any of
these guys, please give me a shout.
Last but not least, the Smokehouse. This is where
we practiced all of our ladder and hose evolutions, ropes, ventilation, rescue, and interior
attack. This place also separated the men from the boys. If rummaging around a
totally smoke-filled building on your belly, blind, hauling around 150 lbs. of
dead-weight (rescue manikin), while wearing about 75 lbs. of equipment,
this was not the place for you.
This page was updated on:
Sunday, September 10, 2000
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William R. Junkins