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The Marine Corps selected Morimasa Oshiro, an Okinawan native, as the best civilian firefighter for 2005.

The Marine Corps selected Morimasa Oshiro, an Okinawan native, as the best civilian firefighter for 2005. (Michael Camacho / USMC)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawan firefighter with the Marine Corps Bases Japan Fire Department has been selected as the Marine Corps Civilian Fire Officer of the Year, according to a Marine Corps release.

Morimasa Oshiro is the battalion-training chief for the department, which employs about 190 Okinawans. His accomplishments include working with Texas A&M University to establish a Department of Defense Firefighter Certification Program here and translating information into Japanese so that his co-workers could train to DOD standards.

The department’s fire chief, Brian P. Johnson, said that through Oshiro’s efforts, every department firefighter is a qualified hazardous material technician.

“This would be a rare achievement for a department that spoke English, but almost unheard of for one overseas,” Johnson said.

Oshiro will receive the award at the International Association of Fire Chiefs/Fire Rescue International Conference in Dallas in September. The award makes him eligible to compete for the DOD Civilian Fire Officer of the Year award.

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