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NEWS | March 31, 2015

Three 628th CES Fire Fighters Receive top honors

By Seamus O'Boyle Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Personnel from the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., have been named as some of the top fire fighters in Air Mobility Command.

AMC recently announced the winners of the Fire Fighter Officer/Fighter of the Year Awards.  The 628th CES had three individual award winners.

Here are the 628th CES AMC-level individual winners in firefighting.

Department of Defense Civilian Fire Officer of the Year: Gregory Russell
Gregory Russell teamed up with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center on the foam dump at Joint Base Charleston and was able to identify faulty pull stations, which eliminated the potential for future incidents. In a joint effort with the Charleston Aviation Authority, he developed and exercised a joint response training, solidifying future mutual aid support. Russell was tapped by the Fire Emergency Services Training Committee to develop training objectives and troop-to-task work plans, shaping new National Fire Protection Association 1500 crs. He also executed a robust Fire Prevention Week campaign leading 27 outreach programs. Additionally, he conducted a meticulous review program for 125 construction projects, valued at $195M, identifying and resolving all code deficiencies.

DoD Military Fire Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Michael Nichols
Master Sgt. Nichols served as interim Flight Chief leading 135 people in seven stations. He managed 450 emergencies, protecting 23K acres including four runways and five piers worth $3.2B in Plant Replacement Value. Nichols also demonstrated textbook incident command in coordinating a seven agency response to an engine test cell fire and fuel spill. His actions helped save a $4M asset. Additionally, Nichols partnered with the Air Force Wildland Fire Center and executed prescribed burns and restored 15 miles of fire breaks throughout 3,789 acres, eliminating the fuel for a brush fire. This provided protection for the Navy's nuclear training mission and the Army logistic missions.

DoD Civilian Fire Fighter of the Year: Carmel Lumia
Carmel Lumia is a documented life saver. Upon finding an unconscious Airman, Lumia managed the airway and stabilized the patient preventing debilitating injury or death. He also served as a crew chief during an inflight medical emergency, evacuating and treating a seizure victim. Lumia's efforts resulted in a 100 percent recovery. Lumia led the response to a hangar fire, extinguishing the fire and avoiding spillage and saving a $220M C-17 aircraft. Additionally, he responded to a commercial inflight emergency with smoke in the cabin. Lumia assisted in the ventilation of the aircraft and the evacuation of 80 people with no injuries.