About the Award
The IAFC Ben Franklin Award for Valor, sponsored by Motorola Solutions, is the IAFC's most prestigious award. Since 1970, the award has recognized the spirit of service, courage and heroism that is a proud tradition among the world's fire and emergency service. The program is named for one of the first fire chiefs in the United States, Benjamin Franklin. An inventor, statesman and humanitarian, Mr. Franklin was a prime contributor to the wealth of tradition that symbolizes the fire and emergency service worldwide.
Presented annually at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) by the IAFC and Motorola Solutions, the award honors a firefighter for his or her expert training, professional service and dedication to the duty displayed in saving human life. But the program is more than that. It helps raise public awareness and support for the fire and emergency service.
All active firefighters career or volunteer, whether on or off-duty, are eligible for award consideration. They need only to be nominated by their chief for an incident in which they saved a human life.
Nominations for 2023 are closed. The 2024 nomination season opens in Q1 2024.
- An individual or a team of up to four may be nominated.
- All nominations are reviewed by a select committee of IAFC members.
- The incident must have occurred no earlier than April 1, 2022 and no later than December 31, 2023.
Questions? Contact: BenFranklinAward@iafc.org.
Captain Michael Kaake, Lieutenant Kris Prosser and firefighter paramedic Tyler Abbatiello