The Cherry Point Fire & Emergency Services (CPF&ES) serves military personnel, their dependents and civilian employees living and working aboard MCAS Cherry Point and its auxiliary landing fields. As a fire department, we train and prepare for possible emergencies that may happen in our coverage areas.
In March of 2013, MCAS Cherry Point Fire & Emergency Services became internationally accredited, commensurable with the requirements of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The purpose of the process was to assure the services provided achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction possible. Remaining accredited is an ongoing process to help ensure that our service areas receive the level of service expected and the department is efficiently managing its personnel, training, and assets to effectively respond to calls from our customers. The department did receive re-accreditation status in March of 2018. Personnel will continue the self-assessment process to ensure the best services possible are being delivered to the community.
CPF&ES responds to emergencies on the Air Station as well as the surrounding areas to help provide Emergency Medical Services, Fire Response, Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Response.
The services that we commonly provide are as follows:
• Structural Firefighting
• Emergency Medical Services
• Hazardous Materials Response
• Wildland Firefighting (limited)
• Technical Rescue (Structural Collapse/ Trench/High Angle/ Confined Space/ Vehicle and Machinery)
• Water Rescue
• Fire Prevention
• Aircraft Firefighting (Support)
• Weapons of Mass Destruction Response
CPF&ES is part of the Security and Emergency Services Directorate (SES). SES consists of the Provost Marshal’s office (PMO) and the Fire Department. The Fire Chief manages the Fire and Emergency Services Department and reports to the Provost Marshal who also serves as the Director of SES. The Director of SES reports to the Executive Officer of MCAS Cherry Point.
In order to provide the services listed above, the department is split into five divisions as follows:
Operations Division - The Operations division is led by two Assistant Chiefs and six Captains. This division consists of all personnel assigned to suppression and associated services. 39 operations personnel are assigned to 7 work groups working a 48 hour on 72 hour off schedule. Each of the workgroups is assigned 6 to 7 personnel manning three fire stations. Minimally two 1250 GPM Pumpers and one 1750 GPM 75ft Quint are each staffed with four personnel daily.
Emergency Medical Services Division - The Emergency Medical Services division is led by an Assistant Chief, providing Advanced Life Support care with 9 Firefighter (Paramedics). Drivers for the Ambulances are supplied by the Operations division. Two dedicated Ambulances are staffed daily with 1 Paramedic and 1 Firefighter on each Ambulance. One additional reserve Ambulance is cross staffed by an Engine Company on an as needed basis.
Training Division - The Training Division consists of one Assistant Chief. The duties of this position are to administer the departments training program by completing and overseeing an annual training program. Regular drills are held to evaluate the effectiveness of the training program and to identify areas that need to be focused on. The Assistant Chief of Training also fills several other roles such as Safety Officer, Ergonomics Officer, Anti-Terrorism working group representative, and Respiratory Protection program manager.
Administration - The Administration Division consists of the Fire Chief. The Fire Chief is the executive manager of the department, advising the Commanding Officer on issues involving fire and emergency services, coordinating departmental support with all other directorate heads, and supervises all of the Assistant Chiefs.
Prevention Division – The Prevention Division consists of one Assistant Chief and four fire inspectors. The prevention department is responsible for carrying out duties such as building inspections, issuing hot work permits, and public education. Prevention also works with other entities on the Air Station to ensure that all life safety issues and potential fire hazards are addressed in an effort to be proactive in the reduction of emergencies.