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 an active 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 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 30, 2020.
- 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 6, 2019