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  • Pump Ops Simulator allows firefighters to train in sub-zero temps

    While most firefighters across the world prepare for the day they come face-to-face with the extreme heat, firefighters at Eielson AFB are also challenged by the extreme cold. Located less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, the base experiences harsh temperatures often as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the dead of winter. During such conditions, training opportunities are limited.
  • Paws below zero

    Every paw press into powder dry snow produces a sharp shriek in to the dark frigid air only heard in negative temperatures. Not a breath through the wet, black nostrils isn’t without effort inhaling painful sniffs intent on detecting deadly explosives, drugs or intruders. Military working dogs from the 354th Security Forces Squadron march alongside the human defenders who stand “Ready to go at 50 below” 24 hours a day protecting assets that set atop the world in the U.S. Air Force’s Pacific theater of operations.
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