When brave men and women are determined, not even a fire can stop them -- which is why Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) takes pleasure in recognizing winners of the 2020 Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES) awards program.
Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander of CNIC, announced the awardees in a message across the 70 installations on March 5.“The level of completion this year was tremendous and really a testament to the quality, professionalism, and performance of everyone on our F&ES team worldwide,” said CNIC Director of Operations Mark Sinder. “Best of luck to our winners as they compete at the DoD level!”
This year’s F&ES award recipients are:
- Navy Small Fire Department of the Year: Naval Support Activity Bahrain
- Navy Medium Department of the Year: Naval Station Rota, Spain
- Navy Large Fire Department of the Year: Metro San Diego Fire Department
- Navy Fire Prevention Program of the Year: Navy Region Hawaii Fire Fighting Department District 3
- Navy Military Firefighter of the Year: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Harris, NSA Andersen, Guam
- Navy Civilian Firefighter of the Year: Adam Moriarity, First Coast F&ES Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
- Navy Military Fire Officer of the Year: U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Tross, NSA Andersen, Guam
- Navy Civilian Fire Officer of the Year: Samson DeSessa, NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas
- Navy Fire Service Instructor of the Year: Thomas Wiley, Naval Station Rota, Spain
The following are Navy only awards:
- Navy EMS Provider of the Year: Brittany Pellerin, First Coast F&ES NAS Jacksonville, Florida
- Navy Fire Inspector of the Year: Jeffrey Owens, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
- Navy Fire Chief of the Year: Shannon Orndorff, NSA Bahrain
- Navy F&ES Hall of Fame: retired Fire Chief George Kennet, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland; retired Fire Chief Glenn DeLaura, Navy Region HawaiiNavy
- F&ES Lifetime Achievement Award: Fire Prevention Chief Janice Lozoya, Navy Region Southwest; retired Fire Chief Daniel Vogel, Navy Region Southeast
“I am very proud of all our CNIC F&ES responders, inspectors and management staff,” said CNIC F&ES Director Carl B. Glover Jr. “The dedication and devotion displayed daily to meet our mission is amazing. CNIC F&ES is critical to mission accomplishment at every installation. BZ (Bravo Zulu) to all the award winners and nominees.”
Eighty-three nominations were submitted to compete within the 14 categories for this year’s Navy F&ES Awards.
The Navy F&ES Hall of Fame was established in 2003 to recognize significant and distinguished contributions to the Navy firefighting services.
The Navy F&ES Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have been firefighters for at least 20 years, to include 10 years of service to Navy F&ES, and whose remarkable achievements in the fire service exemplify outstanding performance.
Category criteria was developed by the Department of Defense F&ES working group comprised of the chiefs of the service component’s respective F&ES programs.
Selections for fire departments and fire prevention program of the year awards were based on: emergency response performance; department level recognition, accreditation and certifications; customer outreach and public education; training and education; innovation and initiatives in safety, health and quality of life; fire prevention inspections, engineering, code compliance and enforcement; community and public education programs; and innovativeness.
Selections for individual categories were based on accomplishments, job performance, technical competence, leadership ability, initiative, resourcefulness, program development, training development, performance as an instructor, trainer or speaker and professional credentials.
The Navy F&ES Awards Program was instituted in 1997 to recognize the most outstanding fire departments and personnel for achieving the highest degree of excellence in mission support and fire protection management.
CNIC is comprised of approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel worldwide responsible for the operations, maintenance and quality of life programs to support the Navy's fleet, Sailors and their families.
Chief Petty Officer Brian Morales is a Commander with the Navy Installations Command. For more about the Navy's shore enterprise, visit: http://www.cnic.navy.mil.
PICTURE: NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (Mar. 03, 2021) - Assistant Chief of Training Thomas Wiley poses for a photo at the Naval Station Rota Fire and Emergency Services building on Naval Station Rota, Spain Mar. 03, 2021. Naval Station Rota sustains the fleet, enables the fighter and supports the family by conducting air operations, port operations, ensuring security and safety, assuring quality of life and providing the core services of power, water, fuel and information technology. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Owen)
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