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Navy Mid-Atlantic Region Fire and Emergency Services Serving NWSY and NNSY Recognized for Excellence

Byline: NWS Yorktown and Norfolk Shipyard Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH and YORKTOWN, VA – Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services (NRMAFES) District 2, consisting of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (NWSY) and Cheatham Annex (CAX) was honored as the Fire District of the average size of the year for the second consecutive year.

During the year, District 2 responded to 1,773 emergencies, including 35 fires, 641 medical/rescue responses, and 90 hazardous materials (hazmat) incidents. Additionally, as part of a second year of COVID pandemic restrictions, the district conducted 100% fire inspections on all assigned facilities, including Navy Operational Support Centers.

“I am very proud of all fire service personnel assigned to Fire District 2. District 2 is a shining example of how teamwork can benefit the public safety of U.S. Navy installations. and surrounding communities,” District 2 Fire Chief Christopher Payne said.

NRMAFES Training Battalion Chief Chad Ulman was recognized as Fire Services Instructor of the Year and NRMAFES Firefighter-EMT Cara Hankins was awarded Civilian Firefighter of the Year. Firefighter Hankins is assigned to NNSY and Chief Chad Ulman is assigned to NWSY.

“EMT Firefighter Cara Hankins passes on her knowledge to develop others, constantly improving those around her, and mentors new firefighters in understanding the Department of Defense and shipboard firefighting techniques,” Payne said. “She excels in all aspects of her job and is well deserving of NRMAFES Civilian Firefighter of the Year.”

Payne added, “Chief Ulman is volunteering for additional duties that benefit public safety in Yorktown but also NNSY. Chief Ulman’s expertise in multitasking makes him a frequent request from NRMA Fire Headquarters to help with regional training projects.

District 2 also supported customer outreach and public fire prevention education using the Three Es of Engineering, Enforcement, and Education to all commands on three military installations and four Navy operational support centers in Virginia and North Carolina. The district supported more than 10 special events across NNSY, NWSY, CAX and surrounding local communities, with NNSY units playing a leadership role in science, technology, engineering and math programs with a mission to educate students on the importance of each field in the fire service.

This year’s winners will move on and participate in the Commander of Naval Installations Command Achievement Awards.

Date taken: 03.03.2022
Date posted: 03.03.2022 17:41
Story ID: 415715
Location: YORKTOWN, Virginia, USA

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