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WATCH: Joint Base Charleston firefighters train for plane crashes

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What happens if there is an airplane crash at Charleston International Airport or Joint Base Charleston? It's a scary question but it's a scenario that local Air Force firefighters must ask and train for.

"If you've never really done it before, there's really nothing like it," Ssgt. John Fredrickson said.

News 2 had chance to watch a monthly training exercise at Joint Base Charleston as they prepare for plane emergencies.

"We're looking for spark fires. We're looking for entrance passes to get people out and anything that is on fire we are trying to cool down," SrA Kirt Wallace explained.

"You hop off the truck. You know you are really going to make a difference everyday. Possibly saving somebody's life," Fredrickson said.

The firefighters run several live fire scenarios each month.

"The closer you get, the hotter it's going to be and you can really feel the heat so that's why we wear uniforms to bounce the heat off. But, you can absolutely feel it. It starts getting pretty hot, so you've got to get that water on there and start cooling it down as fast as you can," Fredrickson said.

It's designed to put their skills to the test.

"Possible aircraft emergency on one of the aircrafts here in Charleston and that way when it comes time to actually go out and do the real job we're ready for it," Fredrickson said.

The fires are fueled by propane and they represent not only Air Force C-17's, but also passenger planes at Charleston International Airport.

"We're trying to make sure that our aim is right because people are coming out. We don't want to hit them. So basically we are just trying to perfect our craft," Wallace said.

In a real crash or emergency the flames are more intense and the stakes are much higher.

"Propane doesn't burn as hot as jet fuel. The temperatures of jet fuel would be extremely hotter than what we are experiencing here. This is more of a controlled scenario so out there anything can happen," Fredrickson said.

"Hands-on training is most important because talking about it is not going to do it. You have to get out there and practice. You have to go through it and work out the kinks and everything," Wallace said.

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