Paine AFB Wins Top Spot In Air Force Fire Contest
Paine Air Force Base, Everett, Wash., was recently awarded top honors in the Air Force-sponsored Annual Fire Protection Achievements Competition. USAF installations world-wide compete each year in the contest designed to promote and recognize the results achieved by each base in developing and maintaining sustained excellence in all phases of a year-round fire protection program.
In second place is Biggs AFB, El Paso, Tex., with Bitburg Air Base, Germany, placing third. Other installations selected for Exceptional Honorable Mention in the final judging included Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; and McChord AFB, Washington.
Final selections were made in Headquarters USAF from a group of 34 outstanding entries nominated by 13 of the major Air Force operating commands. Each command is entitled to nominate up to three of its outstanding installations for the competition. Entrants are judged on all phases of fire protection engineering applications, fire prevention promotion, and actual fire fighting, including on-the-ground aircraft fire fighting and related rescue operations. The current award is based upon sustained performance during the fiscal year, July 1, 1958-June 30, 1959.