CFSI/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards Program

Call for Nominations

Prehospital 9-1-1 emergency response is one of the essential public safety functions provided by the United States fire service in support of community health, security and prosperity. Fire service-based emergency medical services (EMS) systems are strategically positioned to deliver time-critical response and effective patient care. Fire service-based EMS provides this pivotal public safety service while also emphasizing responder safety, competent and compassionate workers, and cost-effective operations.


Purpose of the Award:

The Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards Program was established in 2010 to recognize volunteer, career and combination fire departments for excellence in the delivery of emergency medical services. The awards program is co-sponsored by CFSI and Masimo, a global medical-device technology company that develops and manufactures innovative noninvasive patient monitoring devices. Fire departments across the country are developing new and innovative approaches to delivering emergency medical care. Both CFSI and Masimo want to recognize these departments and share their innovations with other departments seeking new solutions for delivering emergency medical services in their own communities.

Award Eligibility:

  • There are two categories: “Career” and “Combination & Volunteer” — Individuals are not eligible for this award.
  • The fire department must have implemented a unique practice that enhances the delivery of EMS in the community. The practice can involve partnerships with local hospitals and care facilities, law enforcement, research institutions, businesses, schools, civic organizations, and other community programs and organizations.
  • The practice should have resulted in a positive impact on firefighter and paramedic safety, resource deployment, and/or the quality, effectiveness or efficiency of fire service-based EMS.
  • A department can nominate itself.

Award Presentation

  • Recipients of the CFSI/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award will be honored at the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner held in Washington, DC on April 30, 2020. CFSI will pay reasonable expenses for one individual per organization to attend the dinner. These expenses include transportation, overnight accommodations for a maximum of two nights and seating at the Dinner. All other costs will be the responsibility of the individuals.
  • The awards presentation will take place during the dinner program. The presentation will include a brief video highlighting the achievements of the award winners. CFSI will ask the recipients to provide any video or digital images of the fire department personnel performing their work that can be used in the award presentation video.
  • The recipients will have an opportunity to participate in a seminar as part of the CFSI seminar program. During the seminar, the recipients will share information about their departments’ innovations in emergency medical care.
  • CFSI and Masimo will also offer to conduct local presentations in the recipients’ communities. These events provide an opportunity to acknowledge local elected leaders and other stakeholders for their support of the innovations.

Award Submission Deadline:


Award Submission Form

To submit a department for consideration, please complete the form below. We strongly encourage you to get all of your answers together FIRST and then copy them into the fields below when you submit.



Presented by Masimo

Masimo is the manufacturer of the Rad-57® pulse oximeter device which has the ability to noninvasively monitor SpO2, pulse rate, carboxyhemoglin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®) and/or hemoglobin (SpHb®). Click here to learn more about Masimo.