FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — When it comes to public safety on Fort Leonard Wood, look no further than the Fort Leonard Wood Directorate of Emergency Services. Led by Maj. Nicolas Birch, Director of Emergency Service and Provost Marshall, and Deputy Director Don Rose, DES consists of the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department, Law Enforcement Division and the Physical Security Office.
“DES directs fire protection and prevention, community-based law enforcement and access control for Fort Leonard Wood and Lake of the Ozarks Recreational Area,” Rose said. “We also provide mutual aid and other support as required within the (community).”
Rose said DES enhances family, Soldier and mission readiness by providing effective life and safety programs and emergency response that provides for the protection of all who live, work and train here.
According to Rose, the Fire Department is proactive, conducting an education program and regular inspections across the installation.
“(They) also conduct fire suppression, rescue services and hazardous material mitigation,” Rose said.
The Law Enforcement Division provides a force protection platform through active patrolling, criminal and accident investigations, as well as enforcing hunting and fishing rules and regulations.
Protecting the access points of Fort Leonard Wood is the responsibility of the Physical Security Division.
“The Physical Security Division manages the commander’s installation access and visitor control program and advises commanders and directors of ways to enhance their organization’s physical security programs to protect all government resources and assets,” Rose said.
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Other Fort Leonard Wood services and resources can be found here, on official social media pages — such as the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page — or in the Digital Garrison application, available for free in Google Play or Apple App Store. The app also provides critical real-time updates regarding weather hazards and road conditions, community events or changes in hours of operation across the installation.
(Editor’s note: This new series will provide information on Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison directorates and programs to help service members and their families understand the resources available here.)