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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

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Cherry Point, North Carolina
VMA-542 Marines learn shipboard firefighting

By Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | April 10, 2014

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The hose of a P-19R fire rescue vehicle sits on the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.  flight line before shipboard firefighting training, April 3, 2014. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The hose of a P-19R fire rescue vehicle sits on the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. flight line before shipboard firefighting training, April 3, 2014. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins)


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Lance Cpl. John Rainey directs a hose during shipboard firefighting training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Rainey is an airframe mechanic with VMA-542.

Lance Cpl. John Rainey directs a hose during shipboard firefighting training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Rainey is an airframe mechanic with VMA-542. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins)


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Corporal Joseph Hicks operates the hose during shipboard firefighting training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Hicks is an airframe mechanic with VMA-542.

Corporal Joseph Hicks operates the hose during shipboard firefighting training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Hicks is an airframe mechanic with VMA-542. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins)


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Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 fight an aircraft fire during training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3,2014. Marines with VMA-542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 fight an aircraft fire during training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3,2014. Marines with VMA-542 learned the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins)


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Sailors from the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Lemoore Calf., in red, train Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 on shipboard firefighting at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. The Marines were learning the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Sailors from the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Lemoore Calf., in red, train Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 on shipboard firefighting at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. The Marines were learning the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins)


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Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 fight an aircraft fire during training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. The Marines were learning the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Marines with Marine Attack Squadron 542 fight an aircraft fire during training at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3, 2014. The Marines were learning the basics of shipboard firefighting in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- With flames, smoke and gallons of water dancing over a fire rescue training aircraft, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines learned the basics of shipboard firefighting at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 3.

Members of Marine Attack Squadron 542 hosted six sailors with the Center for Naval Aviation and Technical Training, Lemoore, Calif., in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

VMA-542 Marines learned about personal protective equipment, flight and hangar deck equipment and systems, and procedures and techniques for combating fires, according to Chief Petty Officer Daniel Guevara.

“The class is required for all flight air personnel aboard a ship,” said Guevara, an aviation boatswain’s mate aircraft handler with CNATT.

The Marines spent a full day training and learning the foundations and tactics of shipboard firefighting because, aboard ship, each crewmember is a first responder. During emergencies, there is no calling 911, everyone has a responsibility to act, according to Guevara.

“This course teaches Marines the basics of what to do in case of an emergency aboard a ship,” said Guevara. “Once they are sailing, they will be able to integrate with other personnel and have a greater understanding of what to do in different situations.

For many of the Marines in the class, fighting aircraft fires is not part of their day-to-day duties. Training and learning from the CNATT Sailors helped the squadron’s Marines further prepare for their assigned roles while underway.

“You get very excited while waiting for your turn to be in charge of the hose,” said Cpl. Joseph Hicks, an airframe mechanic with VMA-542.

During training, each Marine had several opportunities to practice different roles as part of a hose-crew. Each Marine had the opportunity to control the hose nozzle during dry-run practice and then with flames. This allowed the Marines to experience each position of the hose, ensuring that they will be ready to jump into any position if needed.

“Once you get over the little bit of nervousness and remember to apply all the fundamentals you learned in class, it can be very fun,” said Hicks.


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