Public Service Award Presented to Providence Fire Department

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England presented the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to the Providence Fire Department today for their exemplary courage, dedication and leadership during the response to the three-alarm fire at the MOTIVA Enterprises fuel terminal the night of July 18, 2006.

The award was presented by Capt. Roy Nash, commander of Sector Southeastern New England, on behalf of the Coast Guard’s Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen. The award recognizes the tenacity and bravery of the Providence Fire Department as they faced dangerous fire conditions complicated by an industrial waterfront environment, severe thunderstorms and darkness. It also acknowledges the department’s outstanding efforts in the formation of pre-existing plans, creation of mutual aid agreements and participation in interagency exercises that prepared the fire department to fight the MOTIVA fire while maintaining the ability to respond to other emergency situations elsewhere in the city.

The MOTIVA fire, which took firefighters four hours to suppress and gain control of, took place as a ship discharged gasoline to the waterfront facility. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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