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AFCEC's Readiness Directorate, located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, provides readiness and emergency services support and serves as the source for civil engineer research, development and acquisition to the Air Force civil engineer community. Through technical information, guidance and standardized methodology, the directorate enables civil engineers worldwide to execute their expeditionary combat support and emergency services missions safely, effectively and efficiently. The directorate has five divisions: Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Emergency Management; Fire Emergency Services; Expeditionary Engineering; and Requirements and Acquisition.

    An official fact sheet for the directorate is located in our library.

Explosive ordnance disposal


Serving as the focal point for explosive ordnance disposal functional issues and concerns, the EOD division provides expert guidance, management and planning for the Air Force EOD Program. The division determines manpower, training and equipment requirements enabling EOD forces to meet current and projected missions. The division also provides oversight for the development and distribution of new EOD equipment and specialized systems, as well as evaluates EOD personnel training and manages enlisted career path requirements.

Emergency Management

Emergency Management

The emergency management division manages and oversees the Air Force's Installation Protection and Emergency Management programs enabling Airmen to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. The division includes the Air Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear program subject matter experts, evaluates emergency management personnel, strategic and tactical training, and manages enlisted and civilian career path requirements. The division develops guidance, manages manpower and determines training and equipment needs. The division also works sustainment efforts and provides technical guidance and reach-back support.

Fire Emergency Services

Fire Services

The fire emergency services division establishes technical and administrative policy guidance for fire emergency services operations, fire prevention, and command and control. The division develops training curriculum and designs tactics, techniques and procedures for Air Force firefighters. The division also provides direction and input for manpower, centrally procures firefighting equipment and vehicles, develops training courses and manages the certification program used by all Department of Defense firefighters and other DOD emergency responders.

Expeditionary Engineering

Expeditionary Engineering

The expeditionary engineering division develops total force posturing and wartime planning guidance, as well as relevant training products to ensure Air Force Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force, or Prime BEEF, and RED HORSE personnel possess the capabilities to execute global expeditionary engineering contingency missions. The division serves as the focal point for expeditionary engineering operational and tactical functional issues and concerns, and assists in civil engineering research, development, and acquisition processes. It also oversees the distribution of newly fielded equipment and specialized systems.

Requirements & Acquisition

 Requirements and Acquisition

The requirements and acquisition division supports all phases of the civil engineer research, development and acquisition process. It plans and executes programs for acquiring systems, equipment and technology to fulfill civil engineering needs for in-garrison, expeditionary and contingency installations and air bases. The division also is responsible for the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, which provides the full spectrum of civil engineer capabilities and logistics support, sustainment and maintenance of deployed forces and can rapidly deliver materials, services and construction for contingencies, disasters and international conflicts.

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