Beyond the Call: Federal firefighters provide aid to local community

FALLON, Nev. (KOLO) The Fallon Naval Air Station Fire Department not only provides services and protects the naval base, but also serves the local community of Churchill County.

"I love serving the military community and I think it's very honorable for what they do and I love being a part of that and being able to support them so they can carry out their important missions," Captain Bret Davis, of the fire department, says.

These federal firefighters provide the same services as traditional fire departments, but unlike typical fire houses, they deal with fighter air craft on a regular basis.

"It's very unique and specific to what we do on the airfield side of the house it takes specialized training to deal with that," he says.

Davis says they are always prepared to handle crashes.

"Most departments probably don't deal with in the municipal sector and we get them pretty frequently," Davis says.

Davis served in the Air Force for four years. He says transitioning to this job was a natural fit for him. He recalls the most recent crash he and his team handles on base.

"The most recent one was on the approach end of one of our runways and luckily the pilot was safe," he says. "It comes with its own obstacles because you have a very valuable piece of equipment that just crashed and you have to preserve the scene, put the fire out, mitigate the incident, so a lot of moving parts with those big incidents."

Beyond the military installation, about 25 percent of their calls are for mutual or automatic aid to the people of Churchill County.

"We have a great working relationship with our volunteer fire department in Churchill County we train with them constantly and we love to support them any chance we get," he says.

Whether it's on or off base, Davis says every call better prepares them to save lives and better serve the entire community.

"Not every situation is the same you just gotta be calm cool and collected.," he says. "And know that it's not your emergency."

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