Tsurumi Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Depot (POL) held a dedication ceremony for its new fire station on May 26.
Attendees included Capt.Rich Jarrett, Yokosuka Fleet Activities Commander (CFAY), Cmdr. Benjamin Waite, CFAY public works officer, Captain Sean Andrews, general manager of Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Martin Lewis, Ph.D., commander of the Japanese naval region (CNRJ) deputy assistant regional engineer, CNRJ, regional chief of firefighters Pete Sorensen and Naval Air Brett Johnson, fire chief of the Atsugi installation.
“This marks the start of a major infrastructure project for our Tsurumi facility,” Jarrett said speaking at the event. “[For] in all the facilities we operate, we provide fire protection, living quarters and all the support elements necessary for the operation of the facility. This project will upgrade the Tsurumi Fire Station and relocate a fire company from our Negishi residential area, bringing our fire protection program up to modern standards and providing the appropriate facilities to support the mission here in Tsurumi, and for the navy region in Japan. Department.”
In his remarks, Jarrett also expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the South Kanto Defense Office, the United States Forces of Japan, the Japanese Navy region and its fire department. , the Yokosuka Fleet Logistics Center, the Far East Naval Installations Engineering Systems Command, and the Japan US Army Corps of Engineers District for their support.
“Thank you for participating in this groundbreaking ceremony and for joining us in celebrating and witnessing this fantastic occasion,” concluded Jarrett.
According to Lt. Yipming Tang, deputy public works officer and host country program manager for CFAY’s public works department, Tsurumi fire station will be the main station in the No. 3 district. The current building, which was built in 1955, will be used as a POL maintenance workshop after the construction of the new fire station.
The new fire station will house two fire structure companies and will be equipped with high class fire fighting vehicles and two small class vehicles. The facility will also provide a new maintenance and apparatus room, a day room and a residential area, a training and administration area, and ten dormitories, allowing firefighters to live and work in support of their duties during 24-hour shifts.
The new facility will be fully compliant with current building codes, providing more spaces for functional areas, expanding the operational capabilities of the fire department to support all emergency situations.
The Tsurumi POL depot, located at the port of Yokohama, originally belonged to Caltex, an oil subsidiary of the American company Chevron Corporation. However, in 1952 it was leased to the government of Japan and then transferred to Japanese American forces.
In 1971, jurisdiction over the facility was granted to the US Navy, as part of the operation of the Fleet Fuel Service and the Yokosuka Naval Base Industrial Supply Center. Currently, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy Japan is responsible for the Tsurumi POL depot. The new fire station is expected to be completed in March 2023.
For more than 75 years, CFAY has provided, maintained and operated basic facilities and services in support of forward-deployed naval forces of the U.S. 7th Fleet, tenant commands and thousands of service members and civilians and their families.
|Date posted:||05/27/2021 20:16|
|Location:||YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA, JP|
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