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Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Marines Train with San Francisco Fire Department

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS181004-09
Release Date: 10/4/2018 3:35:00 PM

By MC2 William Sykes, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), participated in a training event at the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) Treasure Island Training Facility, Oct. 2, as part of the annual Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) exercise during San Francisco Fleet Week 2018.

Sailors and Marines toured the SFFD facilities and conducted training with their civilian counterparts. Service members had the opportunity to learn techniques for rescuing people trapped in buildings caused by disasters such as a major earthquake.

"This was a great experience," said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Cameron Duncan, from Peoria, Ariz. "While some of what we did today is similar to things we do on the ship, I learned a lot about how rescue operations are conducted involving buildings and getting into them after they've been destroyed."

Techniques for lifting concrete blocks weighing more than 2,000 pounds using only wood blocks and a pry bar were discussed, as well as how to break through concrete. The group also trained on operating equipment used in rescue efforts.

"It's always a pleasure having military personnel come out for training," said RJ Schnelker, a San Francisco Fire Department first responder. "We support the military as much as we can. In the event of a major earthquake, we may need their assistance in disaster relief efforts."

San Francisco Fleet Week is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America's sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of San Francisco and its surrounding areas.

Bonhomme Richard's mission is to embark, deploy and land elements of the Marine landing force in amphibious assault operations by aircraft, amphibious vehicles or any combination of these methods, as well as provide humanitarian assistance.

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