DVIDS – News – IMCOM Announces Winners of Fire and Emergency Services Awards

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has selected 12 recipients for the 2021 Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services Awards to advance to the next level of competition.

Each fire department and individual named represents the best of the command’s 73 fire departments and more than 4,000 firefighters.

The winners at the IMCOM level are:
Small Fire Department: Fort Gordon
Medium Fire Department: USAG Daegu
Major Fire Department: Fort Bragg
Fire Prevention Program: Fort Benning
Fire Service Instructor: Jeffrey Hambsch, Fort Drum
Civilian Firefighter: Jeffery German, Fort Benning
Civilian firefighter: Joshua Settles, USAG Okinawa
Military firefighter: Spc. Sebastien Harper, Fort Hood
Emergency Medical Service Provider: Michael Allard, Fort Benning
Fire Dispatcher: Tomoyori Hentona, USAG Okinawa
Fire Inspector: Christopher Gray, Fort Benning
Fire Chief: Michael Diehl, USAG Daegu

“It is an honor to nominate these outstanding teams and individuals to represent IMCOM in the annual Department of the Army F&ES Awards competition,” said Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, Commanding General of IMCOM. “Their extraordinary performance during the COVID-19 response and their selfless service is a testament to their commitment to protecting our facilities and keeping our communities safe.”

“The entire IMCOM F&ES team is very fortunate to be able to read and hear about the professional rescue and response measures taken by our more than 4,000 firefighters,” added Chief Joseph Walsh, fire protection specialist at the IMCOM headquarters. “Being able to help them by recognizing their individual and team achievements is a privilege that we take very seriously.”

One such example of rescue and professional response comes from the USAG Daegu Fire Department, which brought a fire under control before it reached an ammunition storage facility, ultimately saving lives and millions of dollars in military assets.

Another example comes from Allard, Fort Benning’s EMS Provider of the Year, which mitigated life-threatening injuries on 71 calls and provided EMS training to 115 providers, improving knowledge and professional development.

The winners’ efforts impact every facet of the facility, Walsh said. “In addition to protecting property and soldiers, families and civilians, they are public fire and life safety educators, leaders of fire safety programs for school-aged children, fire inspectors of facilities ensuring that we protect the working environment for our employees and running programs that ensure professional delivery of emergency services on and off the facility when our community partners need our assistance.”

The DOD F&ES Awards Program is a competitive process that extends to fire departments, firefighters, and firefighters in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army. defense logistics agency. IMCOM award winners will compete against their Army Materiel Command peers and, if selected, advance to the DA and DOD levels to compete.

“We extend our thanks to the supervisors who took the time to recognize their firefighters and crews, the firefighters who make this happen 24/7, 365 days a year,” Walsh said. “To everyone nominated, it was an honor to read about your hard work and dedication to putting the needs of others before your own. And to those selected to compete at the AMC level, good luck – we cheer you on!”

Date taken: 02.01.2022
Date posted: 02.01.2022 13:08
Story ID: 413792
Site: SAN ANTONIO, TX, USA

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