MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – “I have no ambition in this world but one, and
is to be a firefighter. The position may, to some, seem modest; but we who know
the job the firefighter has to do is to believe that his profession is noble. Our proudest moment is saving
Lives. Under the impetus of such thoughts, the nobility of occupation excites us and stimulates us to do
acts of audacity, even of supreme sacrifice.
This statement was delivered by New York City Fire Department Fire Chief Edward R. Croker.
a century ago and still rings true for many firefighters today. Marine is particularly inspired by this quote
Corps Air Station Iwakuni Base Fire Marshall Michael Ballesteros Jr., who believes he embodies the
essence of the profession of firefighter.
Ballesteros, originally from Hawaii, is also a devout follower of an old saying he heard when he was
youthful, who invokes initiative and confidence in the face of adversity, which Ballesteros strives to
possess every day in his work.
“In Hawaii, we have this saying: If you can, you can! If not, I can,” Ballesteros said.
means if you think you can do it, then do it, and if you think you can’t do it, do it; You are your only
Both quotes reinforce an idea of bravery and going beyond one’s limits in order to do good and
those around him. Ballesteros and the rest of the rest of the MCAS Iwakuni Fire Department recognize that all
these qualities are the quintessence of the work of a firefighter, which is by nature a work of altruism and
“We are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the MCAS Iwakuni community.
fires, natural disasters and other emergencies,” Ballesteros said. “Our mission
is to save lives by providing all-hazards response services, to prevent fires through prevention and education,
while ensuring a work environment that values cultural diversity and is free from harassment and
Although protecting the lives of others from danger is their number one priority, they must also
focus on their own well-being on and off the job. With the inevitable conflict of personal and professional life
life in mind, these firefighters actually have a remedy that helps them complete their duties every
“Personal and professional life – it’s one and the same thing,” Ballesteros said. “You see, while most people
have one home to go to, firefighters have two: on duty and off duty. ‘Cause we’re so like family, we
rely on each other’s mentorship, so we’re all great at making sure we’re ready to go.
Working around the clock and ready for anything at any time, MCAS Iwakuni Fire
the department not only focuses on stopping fires, but also on educating the public about the basis
how to mitigate fires by providing information such as the “12 for 12 safety tips”, published on their social network
media page every month, and by organizing events during the week of fire prevention in October, which allows
MCAS Iwakuni personnel participate and practice using fire prevention equipment.
While firefighters like Ballesteros waste no time giving back to the community,
Ballesteros says the exchange of gratitude is mutual, as the community always makes time to help and
give back to the firefighters who serve on the base.
“The community is responding very well; they always ask us to go out and either put a
display, demonstrate or request fire and life safety training,” says Ballesteros. “The community is
really good to provide feedback on the services we provide, and it allows us to re-evaluate and
adapt to their needs. »
Their hard work and dedication hardly goes unnoticed as they were recently recognized as
year by the Public Safety Center of Excellence as an accredited fire department.
Ballesteros says the rewards and recognition are fantastic, but the real reward for his work is something
much simpler than anything physical. He proclaims that it’s all about the positive feelings that come from
help those in need, and he reiterates that many firefighters share this understanding.
“Knowing that what we do benefits the community, it is worth coming to work every day,”
said Ballesteros. “They give us love, support and trust, and that helps us tremendously.”
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