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Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award to be Presented to Three Organizations For Outstanding Achievements to Improve Firefighter Health and Safety

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have selected the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a unique partnership between the Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training and INTEGRIS Heart Hospital as the co-recipients of the 2014 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.

Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association Receives NFFF Seal of Excellence Award

Chiefs’ efforts created state drive for all fire service personnel to complete the NFFF Courage to be Safe® program

txchiefs1The Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association doesn’t just talk about firefighter safety, they put ideas into action. The association has embraced the mission of Everyone Goes Home® through proactive training, education and advocacy. Thanks to their efforts, the Texas fire service now wants all regulated firefighters, fire officers, fire instructors, fire investigators and fire inspectors to complete the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives program.

In recognition of this commitment to the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation presented the Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association with the Seal of Excellence Award at the association’s Executive Conference. “We are very pleased to honor the Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association with this award,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “They have integrated the Life Safety Initiatives throughout their state and have set a benchmark for the nation’s fire service.”

In 2007, the association was part of the Foundation’s ‘Whistle Stop Tour’ and delivered the first Courage To Be Safe® ‘Train the Trainer’ course. They also proudly recognize departments who have completed the Seat Belt Pledge, regularly publish articles about the Life Safety Initiatives and deliver the messages of safety through all their publications, presentations and materials.

The Seal of Excellence is presented to an individual or group, or fire, rescue, EMS department that demonstrates the commitment to the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, commitment to firefighter health and safety and for its contributions to reducing the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Consideration and selection of the award is based on substantiated facts and information that the individual, group or departments have clearly made a contribution and demonstrated results related to the established criteria above.

NFFF Seal of Excellence Award for Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs

Chiefs fought bill exempting seat belt use for first responders.

The NFFF Seal of Excellence Award is presented to the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association during their December meeting and holiday party. From left: Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director, NFFF; Chief Richard Susi, executive director, RIFCA; Chief Brian Jackvony, president, RIFCA; Victor Stagnaro, director of Fire Service Programs, NFFF; and Rick Mason, training and education coordinator, NFFF.

When the Rhode Island legislators passed a bill exempting emergency vehicle drivers from wearing seatbelts, the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association (RIFCA) stood up for safety. The association sent Governor Lincoln Chaffee a clear message that the state’s fire chiefs believe those in public safety should be setting an example for the citizens. In addition, the chiefs told the governor the bill would make driving an emergency vehicle much more dangerous for firefighters, EMS workers and police.

RIFCA’s efforts convinced the governor to veto the bill. In recognition of their work, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation presented the association with the Seal of Excellence Award at their business meeting on December 19.

“For upholding the spirit of the Everyone Goes Home® program, drawing attention to the importance of safe practices at all times, and setting an outstanding example for other service organizations and citizens, we are pleased to present the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association with the Seal of Excellence Award,” said Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

“Seatbelts save lives,” said Governor Chaffee when he vetoed the bill. “While I recognize the necessity for critical personnel to act quickly in the event of an emergency, I am concerned that what we may gain in response time may be lost in increased injuries to Rhode Island’s emergency responders.”

Nominations Being Accepted for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Safety Leadership Award

Recognizing A Commitment to Firefighter Health and Safety

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) are accepting nominations for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Safety Leadership Award. Presented annually at the CFSI National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner, the award recognizes organizations for outstanding leadership in advancing fire health and safety. Taking place on May 1, 2014 in Washington, DC, the dinner will be attended by our nation’s top political leaders and 2,000 state and national fire service officials. The nomination deadline is March 14th.

The goals of the award are described by the following five points:

  • Helping to advance the Life Safety Initiatives originally developed by the American fire service during the 2004 National Fire Service Summit hosted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
  • Advocating the need to address firefighter health and safety and becoming an advocate for this cause.
  • Promoting and supporting firefighter health and safety initiatives at the local, state, or national level.
  • Reaching out to other organizations and developing partnerships to further the cause of firefighter health and safety.
  • Engaging government leaders at all levels to work together for changes and for the establishment of government programs that can enhance the personal safety of firefighters.

For additional information about the Sarbanes award, contact CFSI at 202-371-1277. Information is also available on the CFSI website atwww.cfsi.org and the NFFF website at www.firehero.org.

The award recipient will receive an all-expense paid trip to our Nation’s Capital to be honored at the most important evening for our nation’s fire and emergency services. The Sarbanes award is made possible by the generous support of State Farm Insurance and VFIS, Inc, the corporate cosponsors.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 14, 2014.

» Download the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Safety Leadership Award Criteria and Application