Fire team wins prevention branch award

By Maria Betzold, 1st Inf. Div. Post
Ft. Riley Post – April 10, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 14, 2015

Some of Fort Riley’s Fire Department staff was recognized as the Installation Management Command Central Region Fire Prevention Program of the Year.

Two events were key in the submitted nomination package.

Ivan May, Lead Fire Inspector, Directorate of Emergency Services, said the prevention branch was the recipient of the Michelle Brenner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fire Educators Association of Kansas. The award is given by the Kansas Fire Marshal each year.

The prevention branch also received a perfect score on the Department’s recent Fire and Emergency Services Program Assessment which ultimately helped in the overall score of a 99.51 percent for the organization.

Just as each inspection is a process, so it is with award nominations.

The nomination is written and receives approval from installation leadership before being forwarded to the region leads for consideration. Once at the regional level, there is a panel of experts who review submissions and select a winner from the central region. All regional winners are then eligible for the national award–the Department of Defense Fire Prevention Branch of the year. That announcement is expected April 17.

May said the primary mission of the prevention branch is to provide oversight for facility fire safety inspections at Fort Riley and review construction projects. He also said the prevention branch is responsible for educating Soldiers, family members, patrons of the installation and people from the surrounding community.

“We work with the entire installation and regional partners, ranging from fire safety briefings to the newest soldier arriving on Fort Riley to providing fire safety recommendations to the Garrison and Division Commanders,” May said. “We also work closely with the Inspector General’s staff by assisting them with their high risk inspections. Additionally, we provide fire safety training to USD 475 schools on and off the Installation.”

William Hadley, Assistant Fire Chief, said the fire department also partners with the Corps of Engineers and Directorate of Public Works to ensure buildings meet fire codes.

“This award shows the hard work and dedication given by the Fort Riley Fire Department members and is a reflection of the constant teamwork through all the branches efforts in making a successful Fire and Emergency Services program here at Fort Riley,” Hadley said.

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