Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific presented the CNRH Federal Fire Department (FFD) with an accreditation plaque at the CNRH FFD headquarters building on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 16.
The plaque was presented to the CNRH FFD for being recognized as an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
"It is my pleasure to present this award to CNRH FFD for achieving this great accomplishment," said Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, CNRH. "This accreditation recognizes all of the time and effort that you put in on a day-to-day basis to become one the elite fire departments throughout the country and the Department of Defense."
The accreditation was awarded to CNRH FFD for demonstrating that all 298 performance indicators, 84 core competencies and applicable criteria had been met and received a credible rating.
"It is truly an honor to be awarded this accreditation, and it says a lot about our department's high standards that we strive to achieve," said Gayland Enriques, CNRH FFD's deputy fire chief. "This award signifies the culmination of more than six years of intense self-assessment of our department's goal to provide world-class fire and emergency services to the communities that we protect."
Enriques also talked about the effort of the performance that CNRH FFD personnel put in to help achieve the accreditation.
"We have more than 250 personnel that are assigned to CNRH FFD, and they are the people that made this happen," said Enriques. "Without their precision and hard work, none of this would have been possible."
Leonard Sarsona, CNRH FFD's station captain, served as the team leader for the Hawaii accreditation working group to help manage the assessment and maintain the upkeep of records.
"We put in numerous hours work towards receiving this accreditation, and in the end it really paid off," said Sarsona. "This was a department effort, and I want to thank all of the personnel that were involved in this process."
CNRH FFD personnel described how they were pleased and proud to be a part of the Hawaii accreditation working group.
"We have achieved a great goal throughout the department of defense and throughout the world, and I'm very proud to be part of this program," said Eric Pratt, a CNRH FFD fire engineer. "It was good to find our strengths and maintain them and then find our weaknesses to improve on them to become an elite fire department."
With more than 30,000 fire departments throughout the nation and internationally, only 135 have received accreditation, and CNRH FFD is one of only three Navy fire departments and one of 16 Department of Defense fire departments that have received accreditation.