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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Danger Zone: Bulk Fuel Company gets up close, personal with fuel fires

By Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | August 29, 2013

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Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducted annual live fire training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. During the training more than 200 gallons of fuel were poured into a circular pit and then ignited to simulate an actual incident.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducted annual live fire training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. During the training more than 200 gallons of fuel were poured into a circular pit and then ignited to simulate an actual incident. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group use Twin Agent Units to extinguish a blaze during a live fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. TAUs combine dry chemicals with water to create a foam that chokes the oxygen from a fire, stunting its growth and effectively ending it. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group use Twin Agent Units to extinguish a blaze during a live fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. TAUs combine dry chemicals with water to create a foam that chokes the oxygen from a fire, stunting its growth and effectively ending it. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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More than 200 gallons of fuel were poured into a circular pit and then ignited during a live fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in the live fire exercises as well as classroom instruction on fuel first aid as part of their annual training requirement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

More than 200 gallons of fuel were poured into a circular pit and then ignited during a live fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in the live fire exercises as well as classroom instruction on fuel first aid as part of their annual training requirement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group inspect one another’s proximity suit prior to engaging in a live fire exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. When worn correctly the suits will protect the wearer from high temperatures, making them essential for firefighters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group inspect one another’s proximity suit prior to engaging in a live fire exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. When worn correctly the suits will protect the wearer from high temperatures, making them essential for firefighters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group pull fire hoses as fast as they can so Marines fighting a fire can move more freely and effectively to extinguish the blaze during a live fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. The exercise was part of Bulk Fuel Company’s annual training requirement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group pull fire hoses as fast as they can so Marines fighting a fire can move more freely and effectively to extinguish the blaze during a live fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. The exercise was part of Bulk Fuel Company’s annual training requirement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group practiced moving with a fire hose during their annual training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. Members of Aircraft Rescue Firefighting team assisted the bulk fuel Marines and made sure they learned everything they would need to know to effectively fight fires in the future. (U.S, Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group practiced moving with a fire hose during their annual training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Aug. 28, 2013. Members of Aircraft Rescue Firefighting team assisted the bulk fuel Marines and made sure they learned everything they would need to know to effectively fight fires in the future. (U.S, Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --  Marines with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group gathered outside of the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting building to prepare to start their annual training.

The training was split between classes on fuel first aid, how to put out fires depending on what type of fuel is ablaze, and practical application consisting of live fire burns in an open pit.

“Fire emergencies don’t happen all the time, but when they do they’re really bad,” said Staff Sgt. Shawn Christ, a P-19 vehicle operator and section leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. “The only way to be prepared is to do live fire training exercises so you know what to expect.”

During the practical application portion of training Marines were shown how to stack up on a fire hose, how to hold the nozzle, make adjustments, and how to navigate around the fire to effectively extinguish the blaze.

After learning the basics it was time to turn up the heat. Marines donned proximity suits, which are designed to protect the wearer from high temperatures.

Once everyone was ready, approximately 250 gallons of fuel were dumped into a circular pit and then ignited.

Though most of the training water was used to extinguish the flames, the last group got to use a secret weapon, the Twin Agent Unit.

The TAU combines dry chemicals with water to create a foam consistency that attacks the flames and chokes out the source.

“Fuel fires are fairly common in deployed environments, and as bulk fuel specialists we have to be the first responders when an incident occurs,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Pedro Peraza, the company commander for Bulk Fuel Company. “Knowing the science behind putting out a fire and how to move and communicate goes a long way when it comes time to put out a fire.”
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