Award of Excellence

Sponsored by the International Fire Service Training Association and Fire Protection Publications

The Fire Corps Award of Excellence, sponsored by the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and Fire Protection Publications, honors a Fire Corps program whose remarkable achievements in the fire and emergency services and the community exemplify outstanding performance.

The nomination period for the 2013 Award is now closed.

Award Eligibility

To be considered for the award, nominated programs must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been registered and active for at least one year at time of nomination
  • Be affiliated with a fire/EMS department or other agency representing the interests of the fire and emergency services
  • Have statistical data to support a positive impact in allowing the fire/EMS department or agency to fulfill the needs of the community and/or department/agency
  • Be willing and able to send a representative to the Washington, DC area on May 10, 2013, to receive the award and present their program at a special awards banquet during the National Volunteer Fire Council spring board meeting. Travel expenses will be covered based on existing Fire Corps travel procedures.
  • If chosen, recipient must submit a digital photo to be used for Fire Corps newsletters, web site, and other materials.
  • Past Award of Excellence recipients are not eligible to apply.


The selection of the Fire Corps Award of Excellence recipient will be determined by the Fire Corps Award Review Committee through a nationwide nomination process. The winner will receive:

  • Travel and accommodations for up to three program representatives to attend the NVFC spring meeting in the Washington, DC area
  • Opportunity to meet Fire Corps National Advisory Committee members, which consists of representatives from nearly every major fire service organization across the nation
  • Opportunity to meet the NVFC Executive Committee members, which consist of esteemed leadership in the fire and emergency services
  • Recognition in front of fire/EMS peers representing 49 state fire associations
  • Program profiled on the Fire Corps web site ( and other publications
  • Personalized award for the program
  • Individual recognition certificates and t-shirts for each member of the winning program
  • Place in Fire Corps history

Nomination Materials

The nomination packet must include:

  • Completed nomination form including:
    • Description of program activities (500 word maximum)
    • Description of program accomplishments (500 word maximum)
    • Statistics/data indicating program impact (500 word maximum)
  • No more than three (3) supporting documents, which may include letters of recommendation, media articles, or other pertinent information

How to Nominate

The nomination period for the 2013 award is now closed. 


  • December 1, 2012 – Nomination period opens
  • February 1, 2013 – All nominations must be received by Fire Corps national office. Please allow time for arrival if mailing your nomination
  • March 20, 2013 – Award winner announced
  • May 10, 2013 – NVFC spring meeting and award banquet

Previous Award Winners

2012 – Green Valley Fire District
2011 – Hernando County Fire Corps
2011 – Cedar Park Fire Department (Honorable Mention)
2010 – Seymour Support Services
2009 – Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Corps
2008 – Macomb Township Fire Department

Award Sponsors

The mission of IFSTA is to identify areas of need for training materials and foster the development and validation of training materials for the fire service and related areas. IFSTA is an association of fire service personnel who are dedicated to upgrading firefighting techniques and safety through training.

Fire Protection Publications, a department of Oklahoma State University, is the headquarters for IFSTA. Fire Protection Publications’ primary function is to publish and disseminate training manuals as proposed and validated by IFSTA.


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