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Airmen from the 301st Civil Engineering Squadron as well as Sheppard Emergency Management Team walk around a radiation “Hot Zone” during a training exercise July 25. The 301st CES is based out of the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas. (US Air Force Photo/Josh Wilson)
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Sheppard Supplies 301st CES with Hands-On Training

Posted 7/26/2012   Updated 7/26/2012 Email story   Print story


by Josh Wilson
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

7/26/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS -- Members of the 301st Civil Engineering Squadron out of the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas received some hands-on training of proper radiation decontamination procedures by the Sheppard Readiness Support Team and Sheppard Bioenvironmental, July 25 at Sheppard Air Force Base.

The training was a chance for the 301st CES to get training that is not available at the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. Sheppard Emergency Management Specialist Jeremy Kirk oversaw the training.

"It is good for these guys to be able to come up here to Sheppard and experience a hands-on training exercise instead of doing computer based training," Kirk said. "We have done similar training with members of the Sheppard Fire department and Sheppard Bioenvironmental, but this was the first time we've done this training with an outside base."

The students learned how to establish a "safe zone" and proper techniques for entering and exiting that "safe zone." Students dressed from head to toe with protective gear and gas masks before entering the "hot zone." Once they were ready to leave the "hot zone" they were instructed on the proper procedures of each step in successfully decontaminating their body.

Airman 1st Class Hayley Streng, 301st CES, was excited about the opportunity to visit Sheppard for training.

"I love being able to get out and actually do a training exercise instead of being on a computer and simulating everything," Streng said. "This training provides us with real life procedures and how to actually do them. I am able to learn much more this way than on the computer based training."

Tech. Sgt. Roy Simmons, 301st CES, and professional firefighter when he is not serving his reserve duties, says this training helps him in his everyday job.

"Every day you encounter something new being a firefighter. The training that I receive as a reservist has helped me to deal with situations that I would not have experienced otherwise," Simmons said.

Upon completion of the training at Sheppard, the 301st CES will return to the Joint Reserve Base and take a multi-part test to evaluate knowledge gained through the hands-on exercises and the computer training they received. The test will consist of both in-class testing and demonstration of abilities testing outside. The goal is to get these Reserve Airmen deployment ready in case of a real world bioenvironmental event.

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