For two decades United Fire has recognized individuals who exemplify what it means to be a real hero. In crisis situations, when others can't see clearly through the smoke, only focused and experienced fire fighters can respond to danger, protect property, and save lives.
The award this year will illustrate outstanding achievements and incredible sacrifices made by an exceptional team of men. During the opening ceremonies we will also revisit the 40 Year history of the Arizona State Fire School and the anniversary of the Kingman BLEVE disaster, which up until the Yarnell Hill Fire and the death of 19 Hotshots was the largest one time loss of firefighter lives in Arizona. The impact of this tragic event on the Town of Yarnell and their small fire department will also be revealed and how ordinary people have stepped forward to help.
You are cordially invited to attend the opening ceremonies of the Arizona State Fire School tolearn more about the 2013 Firefighter of the Year and other outstanding individuals in the
Arizona Fire Service:
Date: Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Time: Welcome, 8:30 AM â Closing Remarks, 12:30 PM
Place: Mesa Convention Center, Centennial Hall,
263 N. Center Street
Presentation of Colors
Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
Fire Investigator of the Year Award
Wildland Firefighter of the Year Award
Firefighter Memorial Service
Kingman Disaster â 40 Years Later
40 Years of the Arizona State Fire School
Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame Induction
Feature Presentation: 20th Anniversary - United Fire Firefighter of the Year Award
Special Recognition â Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew
Special Donation Presentation â Yarnell Fire Department
Please plan on attending!
Nominations for the firefighter of the year award include both career and volunteer firefighters
and are submitted by fire service professionals and the general public. The nominees may be
recognized for outstanding and courageous initiatives or contributions to advancing life safety
through education, prevention, or volunteerism. The winner receives over $3,000.00 in prizes
donated by generous sponsors, along with admiration and respect of their fellow firefighters and
the well-deserved appreciation of the communities they serve.