Air forceLT. Jeff Turner received a call at 07:30 am saying that burns will begin at 09:00. He was ready to go. "Burns," a routine training exercise, simulates different possible fires that might happen on the flight-line at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base. Turner rolled out of bed and into the common room where he and his fellow firefighters quickly drank a cup of coffee and ate a small bowl of Granola.
With Turner driving, he and his colleagues loaded up into the fire truck and headed out to the field.
As the fire trucks got into position, Turner stepped to the side with his gear. He tested his oxygen tank and mask. Turner made sure to check the tank more than once to ensure his safety.
The structure stands alone in a pool of water waiting to ignite. The fireman stand at the sides waiting for the all clear to start the training.
The fire starts and the men are ready. They watch as the flames grow higher and higher and engulf the plane. The Chief gives the command and the men go in, ready to fight the fire.
The fire rages as the firemen start to battle the flames from the outside.
Turner and his team go in. They don't hesitate. They don't panic. They navigate through the plane with ease as the water douses the flames.
The smoke billows out from the openings of the plane and rises towards the sky. The training has been completed. They got the all clear and passed their training.
Turner walks away from the plane as he takes off his mask. The flames, smoke, and petroleum filled his senses and he finally gets a breath of fresh air.
With the fire out, all that remains is the reminder of the destruction that an inferno can cause.
The crew begins putting away the equipment. They're tired and exhausted after the early morning wake up and the burns training. But, they rally together to get the job done so they can get back to the station and prepare for another afternoon.
Standing on their feet all day, walking through flames and heated metal, the boots that these men and women wear are some of the most important equipment they have.
The equipment is loaded. The hoses are rolled. The Chief has called it a day. Burns were passed and the men were ready to go home.
Turner wears multiple hats. Lt. Jeff Turner Crash firefighter/ARFF/EMT/Haz-Mat/Dive Manager. As well as rescue specialist, driver operator, discipline manager, instructor and fireman.