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Commander, Naval Forces Japan’s Regional Fire Chief, Russell Tarver, has led his department to a string of awards culminating with his selection as Fire Chief Magazine’s Fire Chief of the Year.

Commander, Naval Forces Japan’s Regional Fire Chief, Russell Tarver, has led his department to a string of awards culminating with his selection as Fire Chief Magazine’s Fire Chief of the Year. (Chris Fowler / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two members of Commander, Naval Forces Japan’s Regional Fire Department were recognized by the Department of Defense and civilian firefighting and emergency-response communities for being the year’s best last month.

CNFJ Regional Fire Chief Russell Tarver became the first DOD fire chief honored as Fire Chief Magazine’s Fire Chief of the Year, and Hideyuki Kusaba of CNFJ’s Sasebo Fire Department was recognized as Fire Fighter of the Year.

“Being honored with the award was overwhelming,” said Tarver, who went on to credit the award to the dedication of fire department members. “We constantly strive to be prepared for any emergency situation, be it natural or manmade — we have to be ready.”

The awards were presented before an audience of approximately 7,000 during an international fire chief’s conference in Atlanta.

Tarver was selected for Fire Chief of the Year from more than 60 emergency-service related associations and organizations nominations including the New City Fire Department.

According to a Penton Media Inc., publisher of Fire Chief Magazine, Tarver was chosen because he “exemplifies the changing role of the fire and emergency services today.”

Citing consistency and community service as the keys to their success, Tarver said, “I could not have asked for a better work force.”


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