2018 Recipients

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (ULFSRI) were selected as co-recipients of the 2018 award. Upon the selection of these two recipients, CFSI President Bill Jenaway and NFFF Chairman Dennis Compton issued a joint statement, recognizing them for their achievements. “Changing the safety culture of fire departments can require changes in firefighting strategy, tactics, decision-making, and behaviors. We commend ULFSRI and ISFSI for their collaborative work in both research and training to enhance the performance and safety of firefighters nationwide.”

ISFSI President Steve Pegram and ULFSRI Executive Director Steve Kerber accepted the awards on behalf of their respective organizations.

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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Previous Recipients

2018 Recipients
International Society of Fire Service Instructors
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

2017 Recipients
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