FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Fort Lewis Fire & Emergency Services Department was recently named the Army-wide Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Large Fire Department of the Year for 2008.
The Fort Lewis F&ES Department will now compete head-to-head with the other service winners in the Department of Defense competition. This is an annual competition with several categories; Fort Lewis competed in the large department category.
The Fort Lewis Fire Department consists of 107 Fire, Dispatch and Emergency Management professionals protecting 16 million visitors and employees annually, as well as 150 million general public motorists who travel along the interstate highway system adjacent to the post each year.
Considered one of the busiest fire departments in DoD, with four structural fire engines, two Airfield Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles they responded to more than 3,000 incidents, 179 fires, 755 EMS calls, and 220 motor vehicle accidents in 2008.
The department previously earned DoD recognition in 2005 with the Fire Prevention Program of the Year Award. The winner at the DoD level will be announced at the annual F&ES convention/ceremony Aug. 28 in Dallas.