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Vandenberg Hot Shots in training

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Michelle Birchfield, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructor, provides training on fire hose maintenance to a group of students and new Airmen Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Vandenberg AFB is the only Department of Defense installation that provides wildland firefighter training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Scottie T. McCord)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Michelle Birchfield, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructor, provides training on fire hose maintenance to a group of students and new Airmen Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Vandenberg AFB is the only Department of Defense installation that provides wildland firefighter training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Scottie T. McCord)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Evan Bolles and Michelle Birchfield, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructors, walk a group of firefighting students up a firebreak teaching progressive hose lay techniques here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The Hot Shots tackle tough terrain and extinguish flames while armed with chain saws, axes, shovels and rakes.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Evan Bolles and Michelle Birchfield, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructors, walk a group of firefighting students up a firebreak teaching progressive hose lay techniques here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The Hot Shots tackle tough terrain and extinguish flames while armed with chain saws, axes, shovels and rakes.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Evan Bolles, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructor, walks a group of firefighting students up a firebreak teaching progressive hose lay techniques here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Vandenberg AFB is the only Department of Defense installation that provides wildland firefighter training.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Evan Bolles, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructor, walks a group of firefighting students up a firebreak teaching progressive hose lay techniques here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Vandenberg AFB is the only Department of Defense installation that provides wildland firefighter training.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vince Montejo, a wild land firefighting student, rolls out his hose extension to add more length to the existing fire hose here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Firefighters carry extra hoses to continuously and safely extinguish fires deep in the brush.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vince Montejo, a wild land firefighting student, rolls out his hose extension to add more length to the existing fire hose here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Firefighters carry extra hoses to continuously and safely extinguish fires deep in the brush.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Rich Dibuo, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructor, teaches students an important technique on how to properly attack a fire along a road here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. This mobile attack provides a path for other firefighters to assist in extinguishing the fire. Vandenberg AFB is the only Department of Defense installation that provides wildland firefighter training.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Rich Dibuo, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Hot Shots instructor, teaches students an important technique on how to properly attack a fire along a road here Tuesday, May 1, 2012. This mobile attack provides a path for other firefighters to assist in extinguishing the fire. Vandenberg AFB is the only Department of Defense installation that provides wildland firefighter training.