Time is running out to submit your nominations for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NFVC) four prestigious national awards. The NVFC awards recognize volunteer firefighters for lifetime achievement and fire prevention, as well as the accomplishments of junior firefighters and junior firefighter programs. Nominations are due March 1.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Rosenbauer, honors a volunteer firefighter who has served at least 20 years and has made a major contribution or achieved significant accomplishments in the volunteer fire service at the local, state, and/or national level. The nominee must have demonstrated superior dedication to the volunteer fire service, been active in their state firefighters’ association, and have positively impacted the community through the fire service or other volunteer activities.
The Fire Prevention Award, sponsored by First Alert, honors a volunteer firefighter for remarkable efforts made in the area of fire prevention. The award was established in the memory of volunteer firefighter and NVFC board member Marc Mueller, who energetically promoted the causes of volunteer firefighters and supported all efforts to elevate the volunteer fire and emergency services to their highest level. Nominees must have made a major contribution or played a key role in a significant accomplishment in the field of fire prevention, demonstrated innovation in establishing and enacting goals and/or obtaining funding for the protection of the public through fire prevention and life safety programs, and have demonstrated success in the area of fire prevention.
The Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco, honors a junior firefighter or Explorer who has shown extraordinary dedication, commitment, and achievements as a youth member of the fire service. Nominees must have been a junior firefighter or Explorer for at least one year and have gone above and beyond in their participation and accomplishments as a junior firefighter.
The Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco, recognizes a department that has an outstanding junior firefighter program. The program must have been in operation for at least one year, and departments must demonstrate creativity and community impact for the program.
Winners will receive travel and accommodations to historic Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, to attend an Awards Banquet in April during the NVFC spring board meeting. Each recipient will get a personalized award, complimentary registration to the NVFC spring meeting, complimentary one-year membership in the NVFC, and a place in NVFC history. Winners of the Junior Firefighter and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Awards will also have the opportunity to spend the day on Capitol Hill, and the Junior Firefighter of the Year will receive a free trip to attend their nearest Scott Combat Challenge.
Find award criteria and application materials and submit your nominations today at www.nvfc.org/about-us/awards.