NAF Atsugi Fire Dept. attains several achievements
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – The Command, Naval Region Japan (CNRJ) Fire and Emergency Services based out of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi has made many achievements and received much recognition during the year of 2012.
Their latest achievement came from Assistant Chief of Training for the Kanto Plain Christopher Hubmer who was recently named the 2012 Navy Civilian Fire Officer of the Year.
“That is not a small feat,” said NAF Atsugi Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Wieman. “It’s a very important accomplishment. Probably long overdue, but well deserved and well recognized.”
Navy Fire Emergency Services Award selectees are nominated based on their performance in six categories – accomplishments, job performance, technical competency, leadership ability, initiative and resourcefulness.
Among some of Hubmer’s accomplishments noted in his award submission package was his ability to create and implement a robust master training program which was adopted throughout the region ensuring that over 500 firefighters were fully compliant with training standards.
“To win the award is a very big thing for me,” he said. “On the same note, I’m very humbled because I still want to come and do my job everyday. It’s nice to be appreciated, but I’m going to come here and do what I do.”
Hubmer’s dedication to his work is shown through many of his policies, procedures and the training he invests into his firefighters. He also had a hand in obtaining NAF Atsugi’s first mobile structural fire trainer (MSFT) trailer, coordinating the reception of the equipment with the Commander, Navy Installations Command.
“It gives [the firefighters] realistic scenarios with actual fire and smoke,” said Hubmer. “It gives them heat to feel and it also has multiple other things that are incorporated in that trailer. It also gives them more opportunities to do hands-on exercise verses class room stuff. So the more they train on it and apply it, the better their skill sets are going to be.”
The MSFT is one of only two training units outside of the United States and will be used to train approximately 240 firefighters from other naval installations as well as local Japanese firefighters within the Kanto plain.
Hubmer was commended by Wieman for his work and accomplishments at the NAF Atsugi fire department and was given a Tori Gate plaque during a ribbon cutting ceremony held to officially recognize the new MSFT trailer with the base and local fire departments.
“To be honest, it’s not really an individual award,” said Hubmer. “Because when you look at everything that I have done, it’s because I supervised a lot of people. All of their work is what helps me get this award. So it’s really their award, they just have to put my name on it. It’s their award and they deserve it all.”