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    Hi all,
    I was just curious if there are any bases here at home or overseas where the firefighting on the base is strictly structural, are there any bases with no runways that enlisted airman work at as firefighters. I was just curious. Does anyone have any input on any bases, I recently signed my contract for Air Force firefighter. Just trying to learn some things beforehand. Thanks everyone and stay safe out there.

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    Most bases have either a runway or have choppers assigned. I am sure there are some but they escape me right now. I am pretty sure you will get the ARFF portion of tech school anyway. Study hard and pay attention in class and basic. You will get out of what you put into it. Best of luck!

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    • #3
      Yes there are USAF bases without a flightline or runway, but all of them have a chopper pad or designated landing zone. Two that come to mind are Lackland, TX, and Lowry, CO, but some radar sites would also apply. Firefighters on those bases would receive training on assigned or frequently transient aircraft.

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      • #4
        Lackland now owns the runway at Kelly USA. Lowry closed a few years ago and now Buckley is an active base. Malstrom doesn't have fixed wing aircraft anymore, but has choppers if I remember correctly. If you look at AF.mil and look at the sites portion it has all the bases listed. Sorry I didn't think of that last night I was running out of steam!

        Here are some links to check out:

        http://www.dodfire.com/
        http://www.militaryfirefighterherita...site/index.htm
        http://www.goodfellow.af.mil/photos/...galleryID=2485
        http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123048431

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        • #5
          Thanks for the helpful info.

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          • #6
            FE Warren is another one with out a runway but has helicopters

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            • #7
              Who joins the Air Force to be a structural firefighter?
              -Bozz

              Air Force Medic

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fdmhbozz View Post
                Who joins the Air Force to be a structural firefighter?
                Just about every firefighter in the Air Force!!!!
                Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

                Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

                ** "The comments made here are this person's views and possibly that of the organizations to which I am affiliated" **

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                • #9
                  I wanted to be an AF FF for the aircraft side...

                  Then they said my eyes were too bad. And I became a medic. I'm much happier than I would have been as an FF.
                  -Bozz

                  Air Force Medic

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by THEFIRENUT View Post
                    Just about every firefighter in the Air Force!!!!
                    We just have the added benefit of getting to play with the aircraft also!

                    -Damien

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DFurtman View Post
                      We just have the added benefit of getting to play with the aircraft also!

                      -Damien
                      Yes! the best of both worlds!!
                      Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

                      Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

                      ** "The comments made here are this person's views and possibly that of the organizations to which I am affiliated" **

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                      • #12
                        Not Me!

                        Originally posted by fdmhbozz View Post
                        Who joins the Air Force to be a structural firefighter?

                        I joined to be a fighter pilot! My eyes, however, apparently joined for a different reason! You know that thing your mother said about eating carrots and your eyesight will always be great? She lied. Just like she lied when she told us we should stay away from loose girls.

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                        • #13
                          goodfellow has a structural only, and it happens to be the base the academy is at, dont request it though....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rangersham View Post
                            goodfellow has a structural only, and it happens to be the base the academy is at, dont request it though....

                            unless of course you want to Instruct...

                            -Damien

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                            • #15
                              Eh

                              San Angelo is horrible dude.....unless you're married I wouldn't go on a guranteed 3 year tour down there.

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