Fort Sill Fire and Emergency Services achieved the major accomplishment of winning the IMCOM Directorate-Training Fire Department of the Year and Fire Prevention Program of the Year for the medium-sized department category. These annual Fire and Emergency Services Awards honor Defense Agency fire departments, fire officers, and firefighters for their exceptional achievements in emergency response, customer service, public outreach, innovativeness, quality of life initiatives, and health and safety initiatives. By focusing on these specific factors, the department was able to successfully obtain their well-deserved awards.
Last year, the Fort Sill Fire Department mitigated around 1,100 emergencies and responded to 7,000-acre mutual aid wildfires, protecting an overall population of 27,000 people. Numerous community and public education programs were also conducted, reaching a total of 1,500 families and 40,000 individuals. In addition, they founded a state-of-the-art inspection procedure that increased completion by 20 percent and reduced hazards by 72 percent.
Fort Sill Fire Chief, Dwayne Harris praised his department by stating, “We are most proud of this award because it validates the hard work and dedication that the firefighters have to the Fort Sill community.”
Harris was also intent on recognizing other parties that helped make their win possible.
“We couldn’t do this without the help of our families and our directorates here on post, as well as our leadership who have supported us throughout the year. Fort Sill is the best Garrison in all the Army, and I think it’s finally being recognized as such.”