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Firefighters train for water rescue

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The bright sun belying the cold temperatures, Vandenberg firefighters connect a rescue sled to the end of a personal water craft March 31 at Wall Beach here. The firefighters conducted water rescue training, allowing the rescue team to familiarize themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The bright sun belying the cold temperatures, Vandenberg firefighters connect a rescue sled to the end of a personal water craft March 31 at Wall Beach here. The firefighters conducted water rescue training, allowing the rescue team to familiarize themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Racing across the cresting waves, Staff Sgt. Nathan Duncan and Fire Captain Bill Burch, both Vandenberg firefighters, demonstrate a pick off during water rescue training March 31 at Wall Beach here.  The training allows the rescue team to familiarize themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette  Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Racing across the cresting waves, Staff Sgt. Nathan Duncan and Fire Captain Bill Burch, both Vandenberg firefighters, demonstrate a pick off during water rescue training March 31 at Wall Beach here. The training allows the rescue team to familiarize themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Braving the cold Pacific Ocean, Marrisa Halbeisen, a Vandenberg firefighter, removes beach wheels March 31 from Wall Beach here after the launch of a personal water craft for water rescue training. The training allows the rescue team to familiarize themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Braving the cold Pacific Ocean, Marrisa Halbeisen, a Vandenberg firefighter, removes beach wheels March 31 from Wall Beach here after the launch of a personal water craft for water rescue training. The training allows the rescue team to familiarize themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  Vandenberg firefighters find a place to launch a personal water craft into the Pacific at Wall Beach here for water rescue training March 31. Four firefighters from the water rescue team spent the day familiarizing themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg firefighters find a place to launch a personal water craft into the Pacific at Wall Beach here for water rescue training March 31. Four firefighters from the water rescue team spent the day familiarizing themselves with the currents and tides of Vandenberg's beaches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Ensuring a safe training environment, Marissa Halbeisen, a Vandenberg firefighter, takes a moment to properly secure her life preserver March 31 at Wall Beach here. The fire department's water rescue team conducted hands-on training, which consisted of a mock rescue to allow the firefighters to familiarize themselves with the coastline. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Ensuring a safe training environment, Marissa Halbeisen, a Vandenberg firefighter, takes a moment to properly secure her life preserver March 31 at Wall Beach here. The fire department's water rescue team conducted hands-on training, which consisted of a mock rescue to allow the firefighters to familiarize themselves with the coastline. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Antoinette Lyons)