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). The award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. It is named in honor of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland who retired from the U.S. Senate in 2006 following a distinguished 36-year career in Congress.

Senator Sarbanes served as a Co-Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus from 1993 to 2006. Between 2001 and 2002, he provided leadership as caucus chairman on a broad range of issues benefiting our nation’s first responders.

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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.

Nominations are now closed.

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 award is jointly 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 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 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 6, 2017.
  • 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: February 17

Previous Recipients

2017 Recipient
International Fire Service Training Association

2016 Recipient
Fire Department Safety Officers Association

2015 Recipient
International Association of Fire Fighters

2014 Recipients
Office of the State Fire Commissioner, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training and INTEGRIS Heart Hospital

2013 Recipient
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal, Governor’s Fire Service Policy Council

2012 Recipient
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

2011 Recipients
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC)

2010 Recipients
National Volunteer Fire Council
Virginia Fire Chiefs Association
City of New York Fire Department

2009 Recipient
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Common Voices Coalition