Dark clouds billowed over Dyess air force base as fire crews from the Air Force, the city of Abilene, and the Abilene Regional Airport came together to train for real life situations.
"Across the Air Force, this training will give our fire-fighters the advantage to respond out to any aircraft incident, and have a good idea what they're going to face, and how to fight that fire. We've involved Abilene Fire Department so they can come out and get some hands on training with an aircraft, for the unfortunate event we may have an aircraft go down outside the base," said Dyess AFB Deputy Fire Chief Floyd Jones.
This is the first training session since the one-point-two million dollar upgrade to the fire facility was finished in June.
It made Dyess the first of only five Air Force bases in the country to train with both propane and jet propellant, or JP8.
"It allows for the fire-fighters to go into a clean burning agent, the mock up, but have realistic fires in site. But, the JP8 gives them the fuel-running fires and also the things they would face on an actual fire ground," said Jones.
Officials on the base say it's saving the city and Dyess time, and money.
"It would cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars to ship them out, so we are saving a lot of money just doing our own in-house training," said Jones.
Some crew members were new to the training, while others had done it before.
"The best part about it is the experience, and getting the hands on training," said Air Force A1C Ross Weber.
"It's pretty exciting, it's JP8 that we light up in the pit and once it gets going, there's nothing to stop it but us," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Rasmussen.
Three separate units, working together, to keep the city's fire-fighters at the top of their game.