DVIDS – News – Gulf Coast Fire and Emergency Services Wins Major Fire Department of the Year Award

Gulf Coast Fire & Emergency Services recently won the 2021 Commander Naval Region Southeast (CNRSE) Fire Service of the Year Award (Big Category).

The department has a coverage area made up of five fixed fire stations – Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Sherman Field, Corry Station,saufley Field and NAS Whiting Field – as well as 13 outlying fields in Florida and Alabama. The department operates in two states, five counties and covers 4,500 square miles of flying area.

“Our primary mission is to prevent loss of life, injury to personnel and property damage resulting from fires and other emergencies, said Chief Dan Chiappetta, Chief of Fire and Emergency Services for the Gulf Coast.

Chiappetta said the department responds to emergencies involving people, facilities, structures, aircraft, ships in port, transportation equipment and other assets on and off the facility. The department is equipped to respond to injuries, fires, explosions, hazardous material releases, and natural and man-made disasters.

“Additionally, our primary functions are fire suppression, fire prevention, public fire safety education, firefighter training, hazmat emergency response, rescue, emergency medical services, wildfire preparedness and response, and emergency planning and response,” Chiappetta said.

The department provides rescue for aquatic and diving incidents, structural collapse, aircraft incidents, confined spaces and other atmospheres immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH).

Over the past year, the department:

– Responded to 1,194 emergencies aboard four separate facilities and 114 calls for mutual aid in the local community.

-Provided a mutual aid response to a three-alarm apartment fire. The firefighters’ direct attack stopped the spread of the fire to adjacent apartments and saved lives and property in more than 50 units.

-Coordinated and executed medical and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) support to SpaceX and NASA personnel during the return of four astronauts from the International Space Station.

-Trained and educated over 36,000 military and civilian children and adults in home fire safety.

-Worked directly with the Forestry Department to support the facility’s natural resources; Planned, coordinated and successfully carried out several environmentally friendly controlled burns.

Chiappetta said the public doesn’t always witness the tremendous amount of work that goes into the fire and emergency services career field, but department personnel continue to go above and beyond. expectations over and over again.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women of our department,” Chiappetta said. “They work exceptionally hard day in and day out to constantly prepare themselves through training and education to be ready to respond to any type of emergency they may encounter and to be able to mitigate it effectively and efficiently.”

Christopher Overton, the department’s firefighter and emergency medical technician, said the team is a special group of people and all staff work closely together every day to learn and grow in the field.

“There are a lot of moving parts in this machine, and it takes good leadership and strong supporters to make this thing work as well as it does,” Overton said.

Chiappetta said he was extremely proud of the department’s recent selection as CNRSE Fire Department of the Year.

“This is a great accomplishment for our department and I think it shows the dedication and commitment of our men and women to our department,” Chiappetta said. “It reinforces that our staff really are the best at what they do. We prove it every day by what we do, but this type of award shows across all regions that we are the department that sets these standards of excellence time and time again.

Date taken: 23.05.2022
Date posted: 23.05.2022 15:45
Story ID: 421322
Location: PENSACOLA, Florida, USA

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