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Team Andersen use week to brush up on fire safety

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  • By Airman Carissa Wolff
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Ensuring safety at all levels is one of the Air Force's highest priorities. That's why Pacific Air Forces directed an out-of-cycle fire prevention week April 6 to April 10.

Electrical fires have damaged facilities at three PACAF bases over the last year. In an effort to raise awareness and prevent other fires, Gen. Carroll Chandler, PACAF commander, mandated a fire prevention week.

"Having the week to review fire safety with an emphasis on electrical safety is really good," said Bryan Hanohano, Andersen Fire and Emergency Services Flight inspector. "It's always good to review fire safety. We should be cognizant of all safety precautions 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The Andersen Fire Department provided flyers to Andersen Elementary and Middle Schools prior to spring break for students to share with their families, set up static informational displays at the base exchange and commissary, and inspected all buildings on base to ensure the buildings met fire safety requirements.

"It's really important to inspect buildings across the base frequently for any fire safety hazards," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Boyd, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, non-commissioned officer in charge of fire prevention. "Performing frequent inspections ensures that all areas are safe."

Housing residents, as well as Air Force members living off base were required to complete fire safety checklists and provide them to squadron leadership.

"The checklist went through fire safety within homes, and was a brush- up of fire safety knowledge in itself," Sergeant Boyd said.

According to Mr. Hanohano, the out-of-cycle fire safety week will not replace the Air Force's annual fire safety week which is held the second week of October.

For more information on fire safety contact the Andersen Fire Department at 366-5284.