Submit Your Nomination for the NVFC’s Annual Awards

Recognize achievement in your department or community by submitting nominations for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) annual awards. Each spring, the NVFC honors a firefighter who has provided a lifetime of service, a volunteer whose accomplishments embody the philosophy of fire prevention, an outstanding junior firefighter, and an exemplary junior firefighter program. The nomination period for the NVFC awards is now open through 5pm EST on February 3, 2015.

“Every year there are volunteers from around the country that are making significant contributions to their department, their community, and the overall fire service above and beyond what is typically expected,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “These outstanding individuals leave a lasting impact and serve as inspiration for others. They deserve to be recognized for their achievements, and I strongly encourage departments and community members who know of an outstanding volunteer firefighter, fire prevention volunteer, junior firefighter, or junior firefighter program to nominate them for the NVFC awards.”

Recipients of the NVFC awards will receive a trip for themselves and a guest to attend a special awards banquet on April 17, 2015, in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. In addition, all recipients receive a personalized award and national recognition. Learn more 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 NVFC Fire Prevention and Education Award, sponsored by First Alert, honors an individual who has made remarkable efforts in the area of fire prevention. New this year, recipients may be volunteer firefighters or non-operational volunteers (such as Fire Corps members). The award was established in the memory of volunteer firefighter and NVFC board member Marc Mueller, who energetically promoted the causes of volunteers and supported all efforts to elevate the volunteer fire and emergency services to their highest level. 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 Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco, 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. In addition to the award benefits listed above, the recipient will receive a $500 scholarship and a trip for themselves and up to two parents/guardians to the awards banquet.

The Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco, 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.

Nominations for all four awards are due by 5pm EST on February 3, 2015. Submit your nomination today at Click here to learn more about last year’s recipients. 

Award Sponsors

First Alert
BRK Brands, Inc. (Aurora, IL), is a fully owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (Rye, NY) NYSE:JAH, a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. For 50 years, BRK Brands, Inc. has been the manufacturer of First Alert®-branded home-safety products, the most trusted and recognized safety brands in America. BRK® Brands designs and develops innovative safety solutions including Tundra® Fire Extinguishing Spray, ONELINK® wireless alarms, and a comprehensive line of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and escape ladders to protect what matters most. Such products are also marketed under the BRK Electronics® brand, The Professional Standard for the builder and contractor audiences. BRK Brands, Inc. products are found in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information, visit,, or

Rosenbauer is the world’s leading manufacturer of firefighting vehicles and equipment. With locations all over the globe, the North American operations are based in Lyons, South Dakota; Wyoming, Minnesota; and Fremont, Nebraska. Rosenbauer incorporates the international strength and innovation of a global company with top American manufacturing firms to build firefighters what they need to help keep their communities safe. For more information, please visit

Tyco’s mission is to advance safety and security by finding smarter ways to save lives, improve businesses and protect where people live and work. Our 65,000 employees in over 1,000 locations around the world take a consultative approach to delivering tailored, industry-specific solutions. Our global reach allows us to anticipate changes across geographies and industries, and deploy the right solutions rapidly. In the most challenging and demanding environments, we help our customers achieve their safety, security and business goals. Learn more at