IAFC Ben Franklin Award for Valor

Nominate: Ben Franklin Award

About the Award

Ben Franklin Valor AwardThe 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.

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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 a 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.

Nomination Process

The 2019 nomination period opens February 1 and closes May 19 at 11:59 PM ET. The chief must submit the nomination to the program coordinator via the nomination link on this webpage. The incident must have occurred between April 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 to qualify for consideration. Winner and regret notifications will be issued in mid June. The public announcement of the winner(s) will be made Wednesday, August 7, 2019. The award winner(s) and his or her department chief will enjoy VIP treatment during FRI, August 7-10 in Atlanta, Georgia. The award presentations will take place during the General Session, Thursday, August 8.

Nominate: Ben Franklin Award

Questions? Contact:  BenFranklinAward@iafc.org.

IAFC Ben Franklin Valor Award Winners

2018 Honorees

Oregon Firefighters Honored for Daring House Fire Rescue

2017 Honoree

Ohio Crew Honored for Heroics in Retirement Community Fire

2016 Honorees

USA-1, Fairfax County (Va.) Fire and Rescue Department Urban Search and Rescue

USA-2, Los Angeles County (Calif.) Fire and Rescue Department’s Urban Search and Rescue

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2015 Honoree

Virginia Beach Crew Receives Highest Honor for Complex Mass Casualty Rescue

2014 Honoree

Kaua'i Fire Crew Saves 121 Hikers Stranded by Flash Flood

2013 Honoree

Arizona Fire Chief Honored for His Quick Thinking During Dangerous Rescue

2012 Honoree

Colorado Fire Crew Faces Perfect Storm in Dramatic Rescue

2011 Honoree

Australian Firefighter Receives Franklin Award for Valor

Additional Past Winners

2010: Kaua'i (HI) Fire Department

2009: Miami Dade (FL) Fire Rescue

2008: City of Watertown (NY) Fire Department

2007: Colorado Springs (CO) Fire Department

2006: Navy Fire and Emergency Services, Naval Station Rota, Spain

2005: Cheterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS

Complete List of Historical Winners (pdf)

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