(February 16, 2016) The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) are accepting nominations for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2016.
The Sarbanes Award recognizes organizations for outstanding leadership in advancing firefighter health and safety. The presentation takes place at the 28th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on May 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 state and national fire service leaders are expected to attend the program hosted by CFSIwhere there will be remarks from national political leaders and award presentations recognizing both individuals and organizations for leadership at the national level.
The goals of the Senator Sarbanes Award are described by the following five points:
- Helping to advance the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives originally developed by the American fire service during the 2004 National Fire Service Summit hosted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Tampa, FL, and reaffirmed at the Tampa 2 Summit in 2014.
- 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.
This year, CFSI will use an online application process. Applicants are asked to provide detailed answers to all questions. For additional information about the Sarbanes Award, please contact CFSI at 202.371.1277.