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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Schofield, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) firefighter, turns a valve handle Feb. 7, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Due to cold temperatures in Alaska, the firefighters are only able to conduct limited training on their truck’s pumps; this simulator will allow much needed training throughout the winter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher) Pump Ops Simulator allows firefighters to train in sub-zero temps
While most firefighters across the world prepare for the day they come face-to-face with the extreme heat, firefighters at Eielson AFB are also challenged by the extreme cold. Located less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, the base experiences harsh temperatures often as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the dead of winter. During such conditions, training opportunities are limited.
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