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Fire department earns AFSPC award

The Schriever Fire Department visited the Ellicott Elementary School in Ellicott, Colorado, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Ellicott Elementary School in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.  The presentation to students included a video on fire prevention and safety.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers/released)

The Schriever Fire Department visited the Ellicott Elementary School in Ellicott, Colorado, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Ellicott Elementary School in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. The presentation to students included a video on fire prevention and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers/released)

Fire and Emergency Services personnel conduct extrication training April 16, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. For fourth time in the last five years, the Schriever Fire Department earned the Air Force Space Command Small Fire Department of the Year award Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Captain)

Fire and Emergency Services personnel conduct extrication training April 16, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. For fourth time in the last five years, the Schriever Fire Department earned the Air Force Space Command Small Fire Department of the Year award Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Captain)

Fire and Emergency Services personnel perform hazardous material training July 29, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. For fourth time in the last five years, the Schriever Fire Department earned the Air Force Space Command Small Fire Department of the Year award Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Captain)

Fire and Emergency Services personnel perform hazardous material training July 29, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. For fourth time in the last five years, the Schriever Fire Department earned the Air Force Space Command Small Fire Department of the Year award Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Captain)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In 2015, the Schriever Fire and Emergency Services responded to a vehicle accident off base. They gained entry to the vehicle and extracted the victim as quickly as they could. In critical condition, the firefighters performed CPR on the patient.

Saving lives is what the firefighters do. This dedication to their profession proved once again the Schriever firefighters are the best of the best.

For fourth time in the last five years, the Schriever Fire Department earned the Air Force Space Command Small Fire Department of the Year award Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

"It is a team effort with the entire emergency response forces; including Security Forces, Rocky Mountain Medical, Emergency Management and the base clinic," said Brad Truver, assistant chief of fire prevention. "There is a sense of bond between all the emergency response forces and during any type of situation the team performs."
Allen Perry, the fire department's assistant chief of health and safety, said this is a truly significant accomplishment.

"It speaks volumes of the character and motivation of the firefighters at Schriever FES," he added.

In 2015, the fire department, which consisted of 41 personnel, responded to more than 200 emergencies. They showed their dedication to their profession conducting 159 fire safety visits as well as training more than 1,680 base members in home and workplace safety awareness.

"Schriever FES continues to win this award because of the consistency of its highly skilled members who selflessly stand ready every day. As an organization we continue to strive for personnel and organizational excellence to exceed the expectations of our customers, which has helped build strong relationship throughout the base and community," Perry explained.

Truver added the Schriever team continues to win this award because of training, dynamic fire prevention program and mutual aid partnership with local fire departments.

"We have a mutual aid agreement with Ellicott, Falcon, El Paso County Sheriff Office and Colorado Springs.  Each department enhances the other department with special skills or equipment," he said. 

Last year alone, the Schriever fire department responded to more than 40 mutual aid incidents, helping out the community with vehicle accidents, massive landfill fire and more.

"It was beneficial to building a strong team in not only our department but also the other departments we have a mutual aid agreement with," Truver said. "We often conduct joint training with the local community; this past year we hosted a special hazardous materials training class with 85 regional responders, completing state certifications." 

Perry said, "This award doesn't happen without the individual hard work, dedication and shared vision of the entire Department. By working together as a team we have jointly brought different visions of firefighting and leadership together to improve and increase our overall capabilities."
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