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312th TRS continues training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Coleman Key, 312th Training Squadron student, pulls a victim from a simulated car accident during his final exercise for Block III at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Key pulled from all the lessons he was taught to complete the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Coleman Key, 312th Training Squadron student, pulls a victim from a simulated car accident during his final exercise for Block III at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Key pulled from all the lessons he was taught to complete the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Kidd, 312th Training Squadron Block III instructor, briefs his class on their upcoming exercise at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. The class was required to use face masks at all times to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Kidd, 312th Training Squadron Block III instructor, briefs his class on their upcoming exercise at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. The class was required to use face masks at all times to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

The 312th Training Squadron students feel a door for heat before entering a building at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Students were tested on what they knew and how well they accomplished set tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

The 312th Training Squadron students feel a door for heat before entering a building at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Students were tested on what they knew and how well they accomplished set tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

A 312th Training Squadron student responds to a call about a leak during the final exercise of Block III at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Firefighters were trained for much more than just responding to fires, they also handle leaks, structural damage, rescue, and other crises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

A 312th Training Squadron student responds to a call about a leak during the final exercise of Block III at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Firefighters were trained for much more than just responding to fires, they also handle leaks, structural damage, rescue, and other crises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Coleman Key is fitted with a blindfold to simulate the challenge of seeing through smoke at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Social distancing for firefighters was difficult, but was overcome by teamwork and communication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Coleman Key is fitted with a blindfold to simulate the challenge of seeing through smoke at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. Social distancing for firefighters was difficult, but was overcome by teamwork and communication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

A 312th Training Squadron student pushes open a window to ventilate a building at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 7, 2020. The rescue team was fitted with blindfolds to simulate smoke, they were then sent in to ventilate the building to dissipate the simulated smoke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

A 312th Training Squadron student pushes open a window to ventilate a building at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 7, 2020. The rescue team was fitted with blindfolds to simulate smoke, they were then sent in to ventilate the building to dissipate the simulated smoke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

A team of students fight a fire while ventilating the room at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. The students were assigned to three units which all had different roles to play during a structure fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

A team of students fight a fire while ventilating the room at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2020. The students were assigned to three units which all had different roles to play during a structure fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

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Despite COVID-19, the Air Education and Training Command’s mission continues.

The Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy has adjusted for COVID by requiring face coverings to be worn, social distancing when possible, and following other Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, but other than that it’s business as usual.

“Outside of the social distancing, COVID-19 hasn’t affected us too much,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Kidd, 312th Training Squadron Block III instructor. “We’ve had to adapt and overcome the masks, they muffle our voices which makes it difficult for the students to hear, but the class is doing fine.”

At the end of each block, students are required to do an exercise performing all the techniques they learned. The exercise can vary, and students must be prepared for every role.

“We put everything we’ve learned so far together as a group,” said Airman 1st Class Coleman Key, a 312th TRS student. “It tests what we retained and how well we can do it.”

The students were assigned to three engines all with different roles. Their main objective they worked on together was a simulated structure fire.

“We had our primary fire attack engine which consisted of a crew chief, driver, nozzleman, plug-man,” said Kidd. “We had a second engine which was just manpower, and lastly a rescue truck, which was in charge of search and rescue and ventilation.”

Each engine has an essential function when firefighters perform a fire attack.

The students performed well despite the challenges thrown at them by both the instructors and COVID-19.