Five new captains assigned to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Fire District 2, were pinned down in a ceremony at NNSY’s Trophy Park on February 1.
The five officers are part of a class of 25 firefighters from the Mid-Atlantic Navy Region Fire and Emergency Services who have been promoted to captain. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services is the Department of Defense (DoD) fire department that supports Navy operations on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts of the United States.
Firefighter-EMT Roger Hill, Firefighter-EMT Jeremy Brown, Firefighter-EMT Josh Toman, Firefighter-EMT Jonathan Harvey and Firefighter-EMT Troy Ellis have been pinned with their new captain badges by family members and fire service mentors, a fire service tradition that has accompanied promotions for decades. District 2 Fire Chief Christopher Payne said: “The responsibility given to officers should weigh heavily on everyone. Officers owe it to the members of their companies, the families of their members, and the sailors and citizens they protect, to be the best at what they do. The job of an officer can be summed up in a few words, but the job is far from straightforward. Before any other task, officers must bring their company home at the end of each shift. Training members, maintaining accountability and monitoring hazards are key to this success. “
These five new fire department officers have a collective total of over 70 years of experience with the Mid-Atlantic Navy region and this recent promotion process was the largest ever in the department. These promotions provide new Captains to nearly every Navy facility in the Hampton Roads area as well as Newport Naval Base (RI), New London Submarine Base (CT), Naval Dockyard Portsmouth (Kittery, ME) and Great Lakes Naval Station (IL). .
In the Hampton Roads area, the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic provides fire and emergency services to naval facilities in Eastern Virginia with more than 350 personnel, operating from 16 Carolina fire stations north to Maine and as far west as Indiana and Illinois.
Mid-Atlantic Navy Region Commander, Fire Chief Kevin Janney said, “All of these young men have demonstrated highly skilled technical skills in their various specialties, from paramedics to , hazardous materials or technical rescue. They have also demonstrated strong leadership abilities and are highly respected by their peers, and will serve the Navy community well as our next generation of firefighters. “
From their new roles, the five newly promoted captains will lead a single engine or ladder company, serve as the initial incident commander of emergency response and some will also be responsible for ambulance personnel. With new duties and responsibilities, the five newly promoted Captains left the ceremony with a renewed sense of pride as part of the largest Mid-Atlantic Navy region promotion process ever conducted in the department.