KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Kingsley Field is now home to a brand new, shoot house that cost $475,000. A shoot house is a training facility that will allow the airmen and other local first responders that use it to practice entering and clearing a potentially hostile building. Staff Sergeant William Brow said the facilitiy is top of the line.
"If you want to use simunitions, you can. If you want to throw flash-bangs or use smoke, you can. You have the ability to use everything whereas the typical structure on base you're not going to have that capability. This facility lets you do all of that without affecting the normal operations of day-to-day." SSgt. Brown said.
The goal is to make these trainings feel and look as real as possible. The new shoot house doesn't look like much from the outside, but the inside is 5,000 square feet full of technology to help the airmen and other local crews sharpen their skills. Lt. Col. Lucas Ritter said it is the perfect facility to help them learn how to keep people safe in all types of scenarios.
"Our guys can get the training on how to breach a door, how to breach a window," added Lt. Col. Ritter. "They can go in and do team tactics on how to clear out a building. There are camera and strobe light capabilities. We also have the ability to pump in sounds as well as smoke to make it as realistic as possible."
Four teams tested out the new facility Wednesday afternoon, two from the Basin and two that traveled from California. During the first round, one airman was actually hurt. Lt. Col. Ritter said his injuries are minor.
"We do train like we fight. That's kind of a mantra in the Air Force. When we're training, we're using flash-bangs and simunition rounds. Unfortunately, getting hurt is one of those things that happens and we hope that the airman will be safe and be back home soon," Lt. Col. Ritter added.
SSgt. said regardless, Wednesday's training was really valuable. It allowed him and the rest of his team to learn from each other.
"Depending on where you come from and where your background training is, things vary so greatly. You might see something another team is doing and you can actually approve upon your skillsets," SSgt. Brown added.