The Fort Riley Fire Department (FRFD) has won the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Central Region Fire Prevention Program of the Year award. The department now competes at the Department of Defense-level competition, with the winner announced later this month.
The Fire Prevention Branch was instrumental in the accolades.
According to Ivan May, lead fire inspector, the Prevention Branch was the recipient of the Michelle Brenner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fire Educators Association of Kansas; the award is presented annually by the Kansas Fire Marshal.
Additionally, the branch received a perfect score on the recent Fire and Emergency Services Program Assessment, which boosted the department’s overall evaluation score to 99.51 percent.
May said the primary mission of the Prevention Branch is to provide oversight for facility fire safety inspections at Fort Riley and to review construction projects. He added that the Prevention Branch is responsible for educating soldiers, family members, patrons of the installation and people from the surrounding communities.
“We work with the entire installation and regional partners, delivering services ranging from fire safety briefings to the newest soldiers arriving at 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, FRFD assistant fire chief, said the department also partners with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Directorate of Public Works to ensure buildings meet fire codes.
“This award shows the hard work and dedication given by our 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.