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Extinguishing danger: MacDill Fire Prevention Week

ThunderBug, the mascot for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Sparky, the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection mascot, ride a towed marine patrol boat at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018.

ThunderBug, the mascot for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Sparky, the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection mascot, ride a towed marine patrol boat at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018. The 6th CES wrapped up their festivities for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9th through 13th, with a parade going around base housing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

A 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection Airmen swings a bat at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

A 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection Airmen swings a bat at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. Each year during Fire Prevention Week the 6th CES firefighters play the 6th Security Forces Squadron defenders in a softball game, with the firefighters winning this game by a score of 10-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

Participants in the 2018 Battle of the Badges softball game between the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters and the 6th Security Forces Squadron defenders pause for a group photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

Participants in the 2018 Battle of the Badges softball game between the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters and the 6th Security Forces Squadron defenders pause for a group photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. The 6th CES fighters claimed victory 10-1, snapping a three-year win streak by the defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

The 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection Airmen hosted Fire Prevention Week at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., between Oct. 9th and 13th.

The 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection Airmen hosted Fire Prevention Week at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., between Oct. 9th and 13th. The fire protection team hosted a variety of events around MacDill including blood drives, visits with children at the youth centers and at Tinker Elementary School, as well as a softball game against the 6th Security Forces Squadron defenders and the fireman’s challenge at their Fire Muster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, fills a bucket of water during the 2018 Fire Muster at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Snelson, the 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, fills a bucket of water during the 2018 Fire Muster at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018. As part of the Fire Prevention Week held by the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, the Fire Muster brought in 10 teams from units around MacDill to compete in the fireman’s challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

The 2018 Fire Muster winning team from the 6th Contracting Squadron pause for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018.

The 2018 Fire Muster winning team from the 6th Contracting Squadron pause for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018. As part of the Fire Prevention Week held by the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, teams competed in a timed obstacle course, with the best time receiving a trophy and a $500 card for their unit provided by the 6th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

Participants in the 2018 Fire Muster as part of Fire Prevention Week pause for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018.

Participants in the 2018 Fire Muster as part of Fire Prevention Week pause for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 12, 2018. 10 teams competed in the obstacle course hosted by the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection team for a trophy and a $500 card provided by the 6th Force Support Squadron. This, the third annual Fire Muster saw the team from the 6th Contracting Squadron take home the victory.

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     Between Oct. 9 and 13, the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection team held its annual Fire Prevention Week to promote awareness using the slogan, “Look. Listen. Learn.”

     Throughout the week the fire protection team made visits to the Youth Center and Tinker K-8 school to share fire safety tips with students. Fire Prevention week continued with a few fun events around base.

     The heat of competition set in on the 10th in the Battle of the Badges softball game in which the 6th CES firefighters defeated the 6th Security Force Squadron Defenders by a score of 10-1. Lastly, 10 teams from various units gathered for the Fire Muster, competing in a timed obstacle course to test endurance and teamwork with the team from the 6th Contracting Squadron finishing with the fastest time.

     Along with raising awareness and friendly competitions, the 6th CES held two blood drives in partnership with Sun Coast Blood Bank and collected 65 units of platelets, enough for potentially 120 people.

     “We initiated the blood drives with the leadership of Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Amann,” said U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Donald Walker, a firefighter assigned to the 6th CES. “After Hurricane Michael hit Tyndall, Sun Coast Blood Bank called to push for more volunteers and with collection complete, supplies were sent directly to the panhandle.”

     Fire Prevention Week is designed to stress the importance of being aware of the possible dangers and creating a plan of escape in case of emergency.

     “Our primary mission is prevention and awareness,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Woods, the Fire Prevention Week coordinator assigned to the 6th CES. “Fire Prevention Week events highlight our mission and promote safety to all military personnel and their families.”