SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan Regional Fire Department has won the Navy Fire Prevention Program of the Year Award.

Department representatives accepted the honor at the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Department of Defense Fire Conferences on Aug. 16 in Denver, according to Jerry Clark, assistant fire chief of CNFJ Regional Fire Department, Sasebo.

CNFJ Regional Fire Department provides fire protection and prevention services at Yokosuka Naval Base, Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Sasebo Naval Base and Diego Garcia, Clark said.

“The award recognizes the most outstanding fire prevention program for achieving the highest degree of excellence in mission support and fire prevention on a Navy installation,” he added.

Fire prevention programs are recognized for outstanding achievements.

Nominees are rated based on prevention inspection, public education programs, fire operations support and innovations, engineering, code compliance and other prevention programs.

In addition, CNFJ Regional Fire Department Training Chief Scott Steil won the Navy Civilian Fire Officer of the Year Award, presented at the same conference.

“None of this would be possible if not for our host-nation employees,” said Steil, who provides training for Atsugi and Yokosuka firefighters.

“At more than 500 strong, our Japanese civilian employees are the backbone of this department.”

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