Rota fire station to be renamed


The House of Representatives is looking to rename a fire station on Rota.

Rep. Glenn Maratita’s (R-Rota) House Bill 20-144 is seeking to rename the Rota Fire Station 8 after assistant fire chief Robert O. Hocog.

Hocog was instrumental in the creation of the fire division under the Department of Public Safety on Rota, where Public Law 18-73 separated DPS from the Department of Fire and Emergency Management Services back in 2015.

Hocog was able to implement standard operating procedures that until now are still followed by the DFEMS. He then went on to serve the department for a total of 22 years.

H.B. 20-144 not only renames Fire Station 8, but also affixes the main entrance of the facility with the words “Robert O. Hocog Fire Station.”

H.B. 20-144 also calls for Mayor of Rota Efraim Atalig, in coordination with members of the DFEMS Rota and Hocog himself, to prepare a plan of dedication to be submitted within 60 days of the law’s enactment.

H.B. 20-144 has garnered the support of the House Judiciary and Governmental Operation Committee members present during discussions, adopting the bill for House action through a vote of 4-0.

Reps. John Paul Sablan (R-Saipan), Blas Jonathan Attao (Ind-Saipan), Edwin Aldan (R-Tinian), and chair Ivan Blanco (R-Saipan) were present.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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