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Scott Neusch (left) and Greg McCarty (right) both Fla. fire department paramedics demonstrate how to relieve a collapsed lung on Airman 1st Class Zachary Lessley, 9th Communication Squadron knowledge operations manager. The demonstration showed steps needed to stabilize a victim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard)

Scott Neusch (left) and Greg McCarty (right) both Fla. fire department paramedics demonstrate how to relieve a collapsed lung on Airman 1st Class Zachary Lessley, 9th Communication Squadron knowledge operations manager. The demonstration showed steps needed to stabilize a victim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard)

Col. Phil Stewart addresses Team Beale during a Street Smart briefing at Dock five Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012. The briefing explained the importance of being safe while operating a motor vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

Col. Phil Stewart addresses Team Beale during a Street Smart briefing at Dock five Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012. The briefing explained the importance of being safe while operating a motor vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Allen Pollard/Released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing participated in wing safety day to listen, understand and educate each other on proper safety practices and procedures Nov. 5.

Team Beale gathered at Dock 5 to attend a Street Smart briefing presented by Greg McCarty and Scott Neusch, Florida fire department paramedics, explaining possibilities that could happen while driving impaired.

"There is always a consequence for your actions," McCarty said. "If we can show Airmen the possibilities of what could happen, maybe we can prevent them from making a bad decision."

The fire department paramedics showed graphic photos and videos and discussed the scenes they have encountered with alcohol-related accidents.

A highlight of their briefings was a demonstration on a Team Beale Airman showing the steps needed to stabilize the victim involved in a car accident.

Airman 1st Class Zachery Lessley, 9th Communications Squadron knowledge operations manager, volunteered to aid the fire department paramedics in the demonstration.

"I was recently in an accident where I sprained my neck," Lessley said. "This demonstration taught me that my accident could have been a lot worse."

In addition to the Street Smart briefings, there was a flight safety meeting held at the base theater to discuss ways to prevent flight mishaps.

Finally, each base unit was responsible for holding their own safety meetings to discuss topics such as safety, Airmen resiliency and suicide prevention, and sexual assault prevention and response.

"When people come up and say thank you, we know we've reached out to them," McCarty said. "If we can reach one person and help save their life, it makes it all worth it."

For further questions on Safety Day, please contact Lt. Col. Brendan Halloran or Chief Master Sgt. Brent Hammond at (530) 634-4026.