CFSI will begin accepting nominations for the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award and the CFSI/NFFF Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award on October 23rd. The nomination process for the Lankford Award will be available on the CFSI website (www.cfsi.org). Both CFSI and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org) websites will provide the information for the Sarbanes Award. The deadlines for submitting nominations for both awards will December 8th, 2017.

Established in 1998, the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes exemplary leaders in public safety for their work to improve the delivery of the fire and emergency services in the areas of prevention, mitigation and response. The award is named in honor of the late-Mason Lankford, a former Texas fire service official who was instrumental in the establishment of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1989. At the core of his work was a desire to make the fire service a safer profession for all who served in fire departments across the nation.

The CFSI/NFFF Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award is presented to organizations for outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. The criteria are based on the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives developed by fire service officials in 2004 at a Firefighter Life Safety Summit in Tampa, FL. Senator Sarbanes served in Congress for 36 and introduced the legislation that established the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Both awards will be presented at the 30th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.

CFSI will also present two other national awards at the Dinner: the CFSI/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award and the CFSI/IFSTA Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. Information about the nomination process will become available at a later date.

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