Haslam was the Master of Ceremonies at the event.

District Chief Craig Haslam was the Master of Ceremonies at the annual banquet. (Ernie Over photo)

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – St. Margaret’s Gym was filled Saturday night for the annual banquet of the Fremont County Fire Protection District. Highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards and accomplishments by county firefighters from the past year. Named the county’s Firefighter of the Year was Rocky McWilliams, the chief of Battalion #8 at Midvale. See that story here. 

District Chief Criag Haslam reported that there were 192 active county firefighter members in 2013, representing 2,549 years of combined experience. He noted that 134 firefighters took part in 4,314 hours of training, which represented an average of 24 hours per firefighter.

In terms of putting that training to work, he said there were 349 incidents that FCFPD firefighters responded to in the past year that totaled 6,279 hours, or an average of 35 hours per firefighter.

Among those calls, 26 were for structure fires, 106 for vehicle crashes 17 for rescues and the balance for wild land and other calls.

The evening was one of recognition. As a topper to the evening, North Portal Battalion #12 Assistant Chief Lance Jordan came to the podium to personally thank the District’s Commissioners and all those who made North Portal’s new fire hall a reality. He said the fire hall, which opened this past year, has become a gathering place for the community and is a source of pride for that rural agricultural area in north central Fremont County.

See the photos below for the awards and honors presented at the banquet.

Photos by Ernie Over. Mouse over for captions, click to enlarge:

The Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs in attendance at Saturday's banquet were, from left: Ora Little-C- Crowheart, Rob Philp-Lysite-AC, Larry Allen-C-Lysite, Samantha Sewell-Battalion 1-Riverton-AC, David Pevy-Lander Rural-C, Nick Johnson- Lander Rural-AC, Kelly Gardner-Missouri Valley-C, James Gardner-Morton/Kinnear-AC, James Downing-Crowheart-C; Rocky McWilliams-Midvale-C, Lance Jordan-North Portal-C, Kevin Ferris Jr.-Fort Washakie-AC, and Jody Lange-Shoshoni-C.

The Chiefs (C) and Assistant Chiefs (AC) in attendance at Saturday’s banquet were, from left: Ora Little-C- Crowheart, Rob Philp-Lysite-AC, Larry Allen-C-Lysite, Samantha Sewell-Battalion 1-Riverton-AC, David Pevy-Lander Rural-C, Nick Johnson- Lander Rural-AC, Kelly Gardner-Missouri Valley-C, James Gardner-Morton/Kinnear-AC, James Downing-Crowheart-C; Rocky McWilliams-Midvale-C, Lance Jordan-North Portal-C, Kevin Ferris Jr.-Fort Washakie-AC, and Jody Lange-Shoshoni-C.