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.

Each year, the Sarbanes Award recognizes organizations that embody the critical goal shared by CFSI and NFFF:  To ensure we do everything humanly possible to create an environment where EVERYONE GOES HOME at the end of every call. The actions and achievements of the recipient address at least one of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives developed by the American fire service during the 2004, and subsequent, National Fire Service Life Safety Summits hosted by NFFF.  CFSI and NFFF will present the 2021 Sarbanes Award at the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 29th, in Washington, DC. *

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Senator Sarbanes retired in 2006 following a 36-year, distinguished career on Capitol Hill. For 12 years, he served as a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, providing leadership and support on a broad range of public safety issues. Even before assuming a leadership role in the Fire Caucus, the Senator was actively involved in fire service issues. In 1992, Senator Sarbanes introduced the legislation that created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. For the next 14 years, he was the Foundation’s staunchest supporter in Congress, ensuring that the Foundation and those it served 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 award program.

Award Eligibility

  • The nominee must be 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.
  • An organization can nominate itself for this award.

Selection Committee

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

Award Recognition

  • The recipient of the Senate Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award will be honored at the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 29, 2021.
  • The winning organization will receive a trip for one representative to travel to Washington, DC to attend the dinner. This includes coach-class airfare and hotel accommodations for one night.

* An alternative presentation will be arranged if the Dinner is canceled due to COVID-19.

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