The Illness & Injury Prevention Award and the Recruitment-Retention Award
The Illness & Injury Prevention Award and the Recruitment-Retention Award are sponsored by VFIS. For both awards, VFIS pays the winner's travel and lodging expenses to attend the award ceremonies at the VCOS Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater Beach, Florida and VCOS will donate free registration to the award recipients.
Illness & Injury Prevention Award
The Illness & Injury Prevention Award recognizes success and excellence in developing and implementing an injury, illness, or vehicle safety prevention program. 2016 is the first year of this award!
Award Criteria: Your department must have developed and implemented an Injury, Illness or Vehicle Safety Prevention program and/or experienced a significant and verifiable reduction in incidents during the period from June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016. Typical of programs that may qualify include: physical and physical fitness, wellness, cancer prevention, and vehicle safety. You do NOT need to be an IAFC-VCOS member to apply.
Recruitment and Retention
The Recruitment and Retention Award recognizes success and excellence in the retention and recruitment of emergency service organization members.
Award Criteria: The award is presented to a department that has demonstrated positive results to a comprehensive approach to retaining and recruiting members during the period June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. You do NOT need to be an IAFC-VCOS member to apply. Only fire & emergency services organizations can apply for this award.
The comprehensive nature of the department's recruitment and retention program will be evaluated during the judging process.
Past Award Winners
2015:Rineyville (Ky.) Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Chief Shane Crutcher and Captain Dave Walters accepted the award on behalf of the department.
2014: Seymour (Tenn.) Volunteer Fire Department
Chief Kevin Nunn and Administrator Linsenbigler accepted the award on behalf of the department.
2013: Abingdon (MD) Fire Company
Mr. Andrew Nau, Retention-Recruitment Coorindator, accepted the award on behalf of the department and Fire Chief Monti Arrington.
2012: Manlius (NY) Fire Department
Fire Chief Paul Whorral and Firefighter/EMT Jennifer Cruse accepted the award on behalf of the department.
2011: Manchaca (TX) Volunteer Fire Department
Chief Chris Barron accepted the award on behalf of the department.
2010: the Montgomery County (MD) Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association
Mr. Eric N. Bernard, Executive Director and Ms. Marcine Goodloe, President accepted the award on behalf of the department.
2009: Worthington (KY) Fire Department
Chief Gary Yurt accepted the award on behalf of the department.