Wednesday, September 15, 2004
"Firefighters from the Army Reserve and Air Force prepare to respond to a fully involved M1 Abrams Tank.
Photo by Master Sgt. Jack Gordon"
LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq (September 7, 2004) -- As the first notes of the fire alert sound from the ERC’s (Emergency Response Center) horn, firefighters react – newspapers and magazines about “life back in the other world” are dropped, conversations stop in mid-sentence, soldiers suit-up into firefighting gear and the engine in the fire truck of the 475 th Engineer Detachment … starts. Within sixty seconds after the alarm has sounded, the truck exits the door.
“While we were in route we were getting information about the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of the EOD (Explosives-Ordnance Detachment) and QRF (Quick Response Force),” said Sgt. Jamel Linzey, 475 th Eng. Det., from Creston , Iowa . Linzey is one of several soldiers who were cross-leveled into the 475 th from other Army Reserve units. Before mobilization, Linzey was assigned to the 907 th Eng. Det., from Yakima , Washington .
Firefighters from the Army Reserve and Air Force prepare to respond to a fully involved M1 Abrams Tank.
Photo by Master Sgt. Jack Gordon
After learning more about the nature of the emergency – an M1 Abrams Tank had caught fire while being towed outside of Anaconda’s perimeter -- Linzey knew the firefighting team would have to await the additional support required.
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