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Roll call, morning ops with Cannon’s “Fire Dawgs”

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, annotates morning inspections on a checklist April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew conducts daily function checks of all operable equipment following morning roll call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, annotates morning inspections on a checklist April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew conducts daily function checks of all operable equipment following morning roll call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Peterson and Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, ops check a high-power saw April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The K-12 is used to cut through aircraft in the event of emergency aircrew extraction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Peterson and Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, ops check a high-power saw April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The K-12 is used to cut through aircraft in the event of emergency aircrew extraction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, tests hose operability April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew conducts daily ops checks of all essential equipment following morning roll call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, tests hose operability April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew conducts daily ops checks of all essential equipment following morning roll call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, removes the main nozzle from a hose following ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew tests all essential equipment following morning roll call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, removes the main nozzle from a hose following ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew tests all essential equipment following morning roll call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, detaches the main nozzle from a hose after ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew must inspect and tests all essential equipment following morning roll calls. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, detaches the main nozzle from a hose after ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Cannon’s fire protection crew must inspect and tests all essential equipment following morning roll calls. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alex Leonard, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, drains water from a fire hose April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Water must be properly drained to minimize molding and increase longevity of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alex Leonard, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, drains water from a fire hose April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Water must be properly drained to minimize molding and increase longevity of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force firefighters with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron work together to store a fire hose after ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Several sets of hands make the task more efficient and less time consuming. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force firefighters with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron work together to store a fire hose after ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Several sets of hands make the task more efficient and less time consuming. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alex Leonard, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, drains water out of a hose April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Water needs to be properly drained to minimize molding and reduce wear of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alex Leonard, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, drains water out of a hose April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Water needs to be properly drained to minimize molding and reduce wear of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster and Staff Sgt. Rodney Welch, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, untangle a fire hose after ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. If the hose it stored properly, firefighters can more easily access the equipment in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Foster and Staff Sgt. Rodney Welch, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, untangle a fire hose after ops checks April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. If the hose it stored properly, firefighters can more easily access the equipment in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Peterson, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, helps guide a rescue engine back into its bay position April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Once crews have inspected and tested all equipment and vehicles, they are able to start other duties and training for the day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Peterson, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, helps guide a rescue engine back into its bay position April 8, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Once crews have inspected and tested all equipment and vehicles, they are able to start other duties and training for the day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Mercer)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- As members of the United State Air Force, it is understood that Airmen represent their force 24/7. For firefighters with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, it truly is round-the-clock operations.

Working 24-hour shifts split between two crews, Cannon’s elite “Fire Dawgs” maintain one of Cannon’s few non-stop emergency response capabilities.

Following morning roll calls, crew members disperse to function check all mission-essential equipment and vehicles for operability. This ensures things are in working order and available in the event of real-world emergencies.

Once crews have inspected and tested all necessary items, they are able to start other duties and training for the day.