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DLA Installation Support Richmond, Va., Fire Department wins DoD award 
By Cathy Hopkins, DLA Aviation Public Affairs 

The Defense Logistics Agency Installation Support Richmond, Va., Fire Department leaders recently learned that the department won the 2012 Department of Defense Small Fire Department of the Year Award.

"We were very fortunate and are honored to have won,” said Mark Shreve, assistant chief of technical services. “To win at this level takes a team effort and a tireless work ethic, which our guys have demonstrated. 2012's accomplishments were significant. We're very proud that we were finally able to break through at the DoD level and demonstrate that all the long hours and commitment to protecting and educating the DLA workforce has paid off."

To qualify in the small department category, a department must have three or fewer staffed firefighting companies, excluding ambulance, rescue and other support. The fire department at Richmond is a single-engine company that operates a fire engine and aerial apparatus for fire suppression.

DoD fire departments were judged in the following categories: customer service; department-level awards, accreditation, certifications and recognitions; innovativeness; quality of life, firefighter, health and safety initiatives; and other documented accomplishments.

Clyde Hipshire, the fire department’s chief, nominated the department for the award. His nomination package highlighted these accomplishments:

- Structural response time requirement of seven minutes or less 98 percent of the time.

- Providing a total loss of only $13,051 while securing more than $800 million in facility value, including $241 million in hazardous material inventory.

- Enhancing installation and community capabilities through internal and external training with mutual-aid partners.

- Facilitating the delivery of material safety data sheets and mitigation data to 209 callers worldwide on the DoD HazMat Hotline.

- Conducting workforce blood pressure checks and providing 750 flu shots to employees.

- Participating in installation’s Read Across America and Angel Tree programs.

- Placing a $240,000 joint training facility with the installation’s Police Department in service and being pivotal in facilitating a new emergency operations center.

- Supporting and participating in multiple regional work groups including Richmond Metro Fire Chiefs and Operations Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

"If there ever was a team to win an award, this team is definitely deserving," said Veronica Crutches, deputy director of DLA Installation Support at Richmond. “They are a truly professional group that goes beyond the call of duty to prevent incidents and ensure the safety of all employees on Defense Supply Center Richmond."

DLA Installation Support’s Richmond, Va., Fire Department recently learned it won the  2012 DoD Small Fire Department of the Year Award. Photo by Jackie Girard

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DLA Installation Support’s Richmond, Va., Fire Department recently learned it won the  2012 DoD Small Fire Department of the Year Award. Photo by Jackie Girard