A video which features Connecticut fire personnel and seeks to recruit volunteers won the Boston/New England Regional Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The production efforts, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Volunteer Workforce Solutions program, in partnership with Hebron volunteer firefighter and New York City-based cinematographer Matthew Troy, highlights volunteer firefighters, from 16 different departments responding to emergencies.
We set out to make a PSA the Connecticut fire service would be proud of. As a filmmaker, I wanted to create the best product possible to share this message. It was a team effort, from so many people, and I am humbled by this recognition. I proudly share this honor with everyone who took part in this journey.
Fred Dudek, retired chief of the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company and Everyday Hero CT program manager:
We knew from the start that Matthew's passion for volunteerism and the fire service combined with his filmmaking talents were going to give us a recruitment piece like none we'd ever seen. And it's working. We're getting more and more inquiries every day. The Emmy® win is beyond anything we could have imagined.
Watch the PSA below.
About Everyday Hero CT
Everyday Hero CT, a program whose goal is to recruit volunteer firefighters in the state of Connecticut. It is the result of a partnership between the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The Everyday Hero CT campaign is a Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).