by Senior Airman Dillon Davis
97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
8/1/2014 - ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Altus AFB hosted a Department of Defense Rescue Technician Course July 14 - Aug. 1, 2014 at several locations around base.
The course consisted of various low and high-angle rescue techniques
combined with confined-space rescue techniques to qualify the
firefighters to perform rescues from elevated surfaces.
"The purpose of the course is to get the students qualified as a rescue
technician," said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. DeWayne Meats, DOD Rescue
Technician Course instructor from the Marine Corps Detachment at
Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. "As a rescue technician, they can
perform rescues from buildings, cliffs, caves, canyons and in confined
spaces. These types of rescues don't happen very often, but when they
do, having trained technicians can mean the difference between life and
A total of ten firefighters from four military installations to include
Altus AFB, Okla., Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Whiteman Air Force
Base, Mo., and Fort Sill, Okla. attended and graduated the class.
Once the students have completed the course, they will be level 1 and 2
qualified on rappelling and confined space rescue, said Meats.
The DOD Rescue Technician Course based out of Goodfellow AFB, is hosted
at various military installations. This year, Altus volunteered to host
the training and invited service members from the surrounding areas to
The firefighters who complete the course will have an expanded knowledge
and hands-on experience to help during rescue operations, said U.S. Air
Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Boyd, 97th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire
The graduates' skills, training and knowledge will continuously provide
improved safety for military members, their families and the public.