Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award

About the Award

The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award is co-sponsored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) with corporate support from State Farm Insurance and VFIS. The award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. It is named in honor of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, a former Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus who wrote the legislation that established the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in 1992. He retired from the U.S. Senate in 2006 following a distinguished 36-year career in Congress.

The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. The intent of this award is to recognize organizations that embody the critical goal that is shared by CFSI and NFFF: to ensure that EVERYONE GOES HOME at the end of every call. The actions and achievements of the recipients address at least one of the 16 Life Safety Initiatives developed by the American fire service during the 2004, and subsequent, National Fire Service Life Safety Summits hosted by the NFFF.

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Even prior to his emergence as a caucus leader, the Senator was actively involved in fire service issues. In 1990, Senator Sarbanes introduced the legislation that created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. For the next 16 years, he was the Foundation’s staunchest supporter in Congress, ensuring that the Foundation and those served by the Foundation had a voice on Capitol Hill. For his contributions to public safety, the Congressional Fire Services Institute presented Senator Sarbanes its 1997 Legislator of the Year Award, the highest legislative award presented on behalf of our nation’s one million firefighters.

Both CFSI and NFFF extend their thanks and appreciation to State Farm Insurance and VFIS for serving as corporate co-sponsors of the awards program.

Purpose of the Award

Organizations nominated for the award should exemplify one or more of the following goals:

  • The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. The intent of this award is to recognize organizations that embody the critical goal that is shared by CFSI and NFFF: to ensure that EVERYONE GOES HOME at the end of every call.

Award Eligibility

  • The nominee must be an organization that includes, but is not limited to, a fire department or other fire service related government agency, trade association, labor organization, non-profit organization, foundation or other deserving organization or company.
  • The actions or achievements for which the organization is being considered must have made a positive impact in promoting firefighter health and safety at the local, state or national level. In addition, these actions and achievements should address at least one of the 16 Life Safety Initiatives developed by the American fire service during the 2004, and subsequent, National Fire Service Life Safety Summits hosted by the NFFF.
  • An organization can nominate itself for this award.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of three board members each from the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the Chairperson of the CFSI National Advisory Committee, who will serve as Chair of the Selection Committee. The award selection will be the sole decision of the Selection Committee.

Award Submission

  • The recipient of the Senate Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award will be honored at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 25, 2019.
  • The winning organization will receive a trip for one representative to Washington, DC to attend the dinner. This includes coach-class airfare and hotel accommodations.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION: December 7, 2018

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