Nominate: Ben Franklin Award
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 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.
Because of COVID-19, the award was not presented in 2020. All nominations submitted for 2020 are being accepted for consideration in the 2021 cycle. The 2020-2021 nomination period closes April 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. Recipient and regret notifications will be issued in June 2021. The public announcement of the recipient(s) will be made Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The award recipient(s) and their department chief will enjoy VIP treatment during FRI, July 28-31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award presentations will take place during the FRI general session, Thursday, July 29. The recipient's chief is also presented with the Benjamin Franklin Departmental Award for Leadership. The nomination must be submitted to the program coordinator via the nomination link on this webpage. The incident must have occurred no earlier than April 1, 2019 to qualify for consideration (2020-2021 cycle).
Nominate: Ben Franklin Award
Questions? Contact: BenFranklinAward@iafc.org.
IAFC Ben Franklin Valor Award Winners
No award was presented in 2020 due to COVID-19. Nominations for the 2020 cycle will be considered for the 2021 cycle.
California Fire Chief David Hawks Honored For Rescue Mission
Oregon Firefighters Honored for Daring House Fire Rescue
Ohio Crew Honored for Heroics in Retirement Community Fire
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
Virginia Beach Crew Receives Highest Honor for Complex Mass Casualty Rescue
Kaua'i Fire Crew Saves 121 Hikers Stranded by Flash Flood
Arizona Fire Chief Honored for His Quick Thinking During Dangerous Rescue
Colorado Fire Crew Faces Perfect Storm in Dramatic Rescue
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)