The NAS Kingsville Fire and Emergency Services Department is the recipient of the Navy's Fire Department of the Year award for 2009 for medium-size commands. This recognition highlights the efforts of the NAS Kingsville team, which provides emergency fire, crash and rescue, and emergency medical response for the Air Station and NALF Orange Grove.
The Department also assists the local community with fire and emergency medical support through a mutual operations agreement (MOA) with Kleberg County and the City of Kingsville. The NAS Kingsville Fire Department responded to 217 emergency incidents in 2012, which included 86 structural emergencies, 90 airfield alerts, 24 Emergency Medical Responses, and 8 Mutual Aid Responses in the local community.
Operations. The NAS Kingsville Fire and Emergency Department participated in numerous “practical drills” for Fire Suppression, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Hazardous Materials, Confined Space, Aircraft Fire Rescue, Medical Emergencies, Specialized Rescue, and Hazardous Materials Decontamination. Additional operations included participation and certification of personnel in annual ARFF training evolutions using Mobile Aircraft Firefighter Training Device (MAFTD). The Department also provided wild land stand-by for the control burning of hundreds of acres aboard NAS Kingsville and Orange Grove Auxiliary Landing Field.
Fire Prevention. The NAS Kingsville Fire & Emergency Services Department provided Fire Safety training to more than 2,000 people during the past year. In addition, NASK assisted Kleberg County Rural Fire Department and Alice, Texas, Fire Departments with Fire Safety Training for the Public. The NASK staff delivered Fire Safety training to area schools in Ricardo, Bishop, and Kingsville, as well as a number of local churches.
Community Relations. The NAS Kingsville Fire and Emergency Services Department plays a key role in the base Community Outreach Program. During the past year, more than 40 schools, civic groups, and community organizations visited the Fire Station as part of the base Tours & Visits Program.