Senior Airman Paul Smith

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51st CES firefighters renovate to innovate

by: Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs | .
U.S. Air Force | .
published: January 30, 2016

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron performed renovations to their fire-prevention workstation Jan. 11-15 to further increase their ability to protect the base.
A team of 51st CES firefighters constructed the catch-all workstation for fire-prevention Airmen to better provide administrative improvements.
“This renovated room will unite everyone in fire prevention in one office to increase their communication and have a uniform spot for customers to come to,” said Senior Airman Paul Smith, 51st CES firefighter.
The firefighters saved more than $15,000 for this project opposed to hiring contractors to perform the renovation.
“Previously, our fire prevention inspectors were split between offices,” said Smith. “To eliminate the need for two offices, we created one large workspace so they can work together easier.”
The fire prevention office inspects all of Osan’s buildings to prevent future fire mishaps ensuring the safety of the base.
“Fire prevention is one of the backbones of fire protection,” said Staff Sgt. John Brinkley, 51st CES firefighter. “We ensure the safety of the base populace, so having our fire prevention team working efficiently gives them more time to produce inspections or permits.”
In addition fire prevention, the firefighters gained pride in their workstation according to Brinkley.
“Even the project itself increases our morale by giving us some quality work and training,” said Brinkley. “It brings us a sense of accomplishment in our station, working side-by-side the firefighter way.”

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