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Same skills different mission: firefighter becomes Airman

A man wearing the Airman Battle Uniform has his arms folded in front of a firetruck.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Talley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, poses for a photo at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 3, 2018. Talley joined the Air Force as a firefighter because he fell in love with the fast-paced job as a civilian. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Hunter Rininger)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Talley, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, arrived at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, approximately four months ago and hit the ground running, refining his firefighter and emergency medical technician skills.

After taking a high-school course to become an EMT, Talley fell in love with the fast-paced job. He knew he wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps by joining the military. While he waited to be flown out to Air Force basic training, Talley became a certified firefighter in addition to already being an EMT.

“I knew I wanted to join the Air Force, but I had to wait for this job,” Talley said. “I decided I wanted to get a jump start on developing my skills as an EMT and a firefighter so I would be prepared when I became an Airman.”

Talley’s work ethic and fast-paced attitude stuck out to his leadership from his contributions to his team during emergency calls by utilizing his prior knowledge and experience.

 “When I see Talley on scene, I rest a little easier knowing the patient will receive the medical care they deserve,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christian Lyle, 19 CES assistant chief of operations.