Holloman's annual Fire Prevention Week

A firefighter with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight helps a student at Holloman Air Force Base’s middle school put on a flame retardant suit as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 13, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Holloman firefighters taught students about fire safety and prevention, and showcased firefighting equipment to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A firefighter with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight helps a student at Holloman Air Force Base’s middle school put on a flame retardant suit as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 13, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Holloman firefighters taught students about fire safety and prevention, and showcased firefighting equipment to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Col. Houston Cantwell, the 49th Wing Commander, signs the Fire Prevention Week proclamation at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. on Oct. 9, 2016. Holloman Air Force Base’s Fire Prevention Week is annually practiced in commemoration of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Members with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight performed fire drills, and educated people on proper use of a fire extinguisher and the importance of changing out batteries in smoke alarms every six months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

Col. Houston Cantwell, the 49th Wing Commander, signs the Fire Prevention Week proclamation at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. on Oct. 9, 2016. Holloman Air Force Base’s Fire Prevention Week is annually practiced in commemoration of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Members with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight performed fire drills, and educated people on proper use of a fire extinguisher and the importance of changing out batteries in smoke alarms every six months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children greet Sparky the Fire Dog during a visit to the child development center as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016. Members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight also visited the center to teach children about fire safety and prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children greet Sparky the Fire Dog during a visit to the child development center as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016. Members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight also visited the center to teach children about fire safety and prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children take turns exploring a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Holloman AFB firefighters visited the base’s elementary and middle schools throughout the week, to teach students about the importance of practicing fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children take turns exploring a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Holloman AFB firefighters visited the base’s elementary and middle schools throughout the week, to teach students about the importance of practicing fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A competitor yanks a high rise pack overtop a stairwell railing during a firefighter muster challenge, as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. The firefighter muster challenge is designed to simulate the various physical stressors that firefighters encounter on a daily basis. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced against the clock to complete a variety of tasks, including dummy drags and hose pulls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A competitor yanks a high rise pack overtop a stairwell railing during a firefighter muster challenge, as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. The firefighter muster challenge is designed to simulate the various physical stressors that firefighters encounter on a daily basis. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced against the clock to complete a variety of tasks, including dummy drags and hose pulls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A firefighter with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight shows three children a fire hose during a visit at the child development center as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016. Sparky the Fire Dog and members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight visited the center to spread awareness about fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A firefighter with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight shows three children a fire hose during a visit at the child development center as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016. Sparky the Fire Dog and members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight visited the center to spread awareness about fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children sit inside a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 11, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Sparky the Fire Dog and members with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight, educated students on fire safety and allowed them to explore two fire trucks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children sit inside a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 11, 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Sparky the Fire Dog and members with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight, educated students on fire safety and allowed them to explore two fire trucks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A competitor performs a body drag during the firefighter muster challenge, as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced against the clock to complete a variety of intense physical tasks, which are meant to simulate the stressors that firefighters encounter on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A competitor performs a body drag during the firefighter muster challenge, as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced against the clock to complete a variety of intense physical tasks, which are meant to simulate the stressors that firefighters encounter on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children explore the inside of a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 11, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight allowed children access to a fire truck and educated them on the importance of practicing fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A group of children explore the inside of a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 11, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight allowed children access to a fire truck and educated them on the importance of practicing fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A child waves to an ambulance during Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week parade through the Soaring Heights community, Oct. 15, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Sparky the Fire Dog and members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight drove through several base neighborhoods and gifted candy to children and families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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A child waves to an ambulance during Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week parade through the Soaring Heights community, Oct. 15, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Sparky the Fire Dog and members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Protection Flight drove through several base neighborhoods and gifted candy to children and families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A competitor sprays a fire hose during the firefighter muster challenge, as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced to complete a variety of physical tasks, including dummy drags and hose pulls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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A competitor sprays a fire hose during the firefighter muster challenge, as part of Holloman Air Force Base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14, 2016 at Holloman AFB, N.M. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced to complete a variety of physical tasks, including dummy drags and hose pulls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

A child jumps from the back-end of a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 11, 2016. Holloman AFB firefighters gifted each student an honorary plastic firefighter helmet and educated them on fire safety and prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
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A child jumps from the back-end of a fire truck at Holloman Air Force Base’s elementary school as part of the base’s annual Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 11, 2016. Holloman AFB firefighters gifted each student an honorary plastic firefighter helmet and educated them on fire safety and prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

(Editor's note: Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.)

The annual Fire Prevention Week, held by the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron, kicked off Oct. 5, 2016, here.

During the week, members of the 49th CES Fire Protection Flight spread fire safety and prevention information by visiting schools and several base organizations, such as the child development center, the base mini-mart and the AAFES Mall. They performed fire drills, educated people on the proper fire extinguisher usage, and stressed the importance of changing smoke alarm batteries semi-annually.

“This is a departmental team effort,” said Harvey B. Stevens, the assistant fire chief with the 49th CES. “From the person who rides in the back of the truck, all the way up to the fire chief, we’re all involved, we’re all dedicated to the same thing; we’ve got to spread the word for fire prevention. The more prevention we have, the less loss of life we have.”

The 49th CES also hosted several activities, including a firefighter muster challenge and a parade.

The challenge was a two-hour event, open to all Airmen, and was designed to simulate the physical stressors firefighters encounter on a daily basis. Competitors were fitted in flame retardant suits and raced against the clock to complete a variety of tasks, including dummy drags and hose pulls.

Fire Prevention Week concluded with a parade. Firefighters with the 49th CES piled into fire trucks, armed with several bags of candy and visited children and families within the Soaring Heights community.

“When we go to work, (it’s because) somebody’s having a bad day,” said Airman 1st Class Jeffery, a firefighter driver operator with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron. “That’s when we get called out. This week is nice because we’re able to see the good side (of our job), and see the smiles on people’s faces. We’re not responding to somebody’s worst day, instead, we’re spreading awareness and it’s nice to interact with the community in that way.”