Deputy Fire Chief Receives 2016 Fire Officer of the Year
During the February 6, 2016 North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s annual Fire Chief and Fire Officer of the Year Banquet in Concord, North Carolina, Stoney Point Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., was named the 2016 Volunteer Fire Officer of the Year. This award, the most prestigious honor the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs can bestow upon its fire officers, was conceived to recognize truly outstanding fire officers whose actions and leadership in their profession, home, community and country, serve as an example and challenge for all other fire officers throughout the State of North Carolina. Two awards are presented annually: one for Career Fire Officer and one for a Combination/Volunteer Fire Officer. Deputy Chief Johnson Jr. is the first recipient of the newly-implemented award, which will be presented annually by the NCAFC in addition to the traditional Fire Chief of the Year Award.
March 2016 Update
Welcome to spring! Brushfire season continues anew as the weather warms and old vegetation dries out. Remember to dispose of cigarette butts only in approved containers and avoid burning debris of any kind on warm, windy days. Visit the North Carolina Forest Service for assistance.
As the weather warms and pools re-open, please take a moment and visit poolsafety.gov to review a variety of ways to stay safe while staying cool. North Carolina had 10 summer drownings last year; let’s make a goal of 0 this year!
Finally, as summer rushes ever closer, be sure to review your home emergency supplies and keep abreast of North Carolina’s ever-changing weather.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posts all watches and warnings here.
- Current projections are indicating a quieter hurricane season this year, but that’s no reason to become complacent. May 15 through May 21 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week; check your supplies and replace anything that’s expired. Ensure you have copies of vital records and pre-established emergency plans for communications, security of your personal belongings, and even evacuation.
- Visit Ready.gov for even more ideas to make sure you’re ready in case of a disaster.
Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. Recognized at FRI
During Fire Rescue International (FRI-2013) in Chicago Illinois, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) along with Fire Chief Magazine and Pierce MFG selected Stoney Point VFD Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. the national 2013 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. Fire Chief of the Year is presented annually by the IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing at the general session of Fire-Rescue International. The award honors one career and one volunteer fire chief for their leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and contributions as a whole to the fire service.
Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. named Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year
At the 84th Annual Leadership Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, Stoney Point Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Sr. was named the 2012 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year on June 15. Among Chief Johnson’s many accomplishments is the Accreditation of the Stoney Point Fire Department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The Stoney Point Fire Department holds the distinct honor of being one of two volunteer fire departments in the United States that are accredited.
Stoney Point Fire Department Internationally Accredited
The Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department (SPFD) received Accredited Agency status with the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s self-assessment and accreditation program. The SPFD is the first volunteer department in North Carolina and only the second volunteer fire organization to achieve accredited agency status in the nation. This is a major accomplishment. Of more than 30,000 rated fire departments in the United States, there are only 150 holding Internationally Accredited status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation to provide continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally, and then works with a peer assessment team from other agencies to evaluate their completed assessment.
Stoney Point District Fire Chief Shines
Not known for tooting his own horn, Chief Johnson had to be tricked to attend the ceremony where he was formally presented with the North Carolina Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Award on February 4th. The 2012 Mid-Winter Fire Chief’s Conference took place in Concord, NC. Many members have seen Chief Johnson, Sr. give out plenty of awards to his crew over the years. For a change, the one to recognize so many is being recognized himself. This award is certainly a long overdue pat on the back for Stoney Point Fire Department’s longest-standing Chief.