NVFC Accepting Nominations for 2017 Achievement Awards

Each spring, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) honors a firefighter who has provided a lifetime of service, someone whose accomplishments embody the philosophy of fire prevention, an outstanding junior firefighter, and an exemplary junior firefighter program. All recipients receive a personalized award and national recognition. The nomination period for the NVFC’s four annual awards is now open, with applications due by 5pm EST on February 1, 2017. Learn more about each award and submit your nominations at

The NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Rosenbauer, recognizes a volunteer firefighter who has served at least 20 years and has made a major contribution or achieved significant accomplishments in the volunteer fire service at the local, state, and/or national level. The nominee must have demonstrated superior dedication to the volunteer fire service, been active in their state firefighters’ association, and have positively impacted the community through the fire service or other volunteer activities. The recipient will receive a trip for themselves and a guest to the NVFC Spring Meeting Awards Banquet on April 7, 2017, in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.

The NVFC Fire Prevention and Education Award, sponsored by Nest, honors an individual who has made remarkable efforts in the area of fire prevention. Recipients may be volunteer firefighters or non-operational volunteers (such as Fire Corps members). Nominees must have made a major contribution or played a key role in a significant accomplishment in the field of fire prevention, demonstrated innovation in establishing and enacting goals and/or obtaining funding for the protection of the public through fire prevention and life safety programs, and have demonstrated success in the area of fire prevention. The recipient and a guest will receive a trip to NVFC Awards Banquet.

The Junior Firefighter of the Year Award honors a junior firefighter, cadet, or Explorer who has shown extraordinary dedication, commitment, and achievements as a youth member of the fire service. Nominees must have been a junior firefighter for at least one year and have gone above and beyond in their participation at the station. The award recipient will receive a trip for themselves and up to two parents/guardians to the NVFC Awards Banquet.

The Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award recognizes a department that has an outstanding junior firefighter program. The program must have been in operation for at least one year, and departments must demonstrate creativity and community impact for the program. The department will be presented with their award at the local level.

Nominations for all four awards are due by 5pm EST on February 1, 2017. Submit your nomination today at Click here to learn more about last year’s recipients. 

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