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Awards Program

Nominations Closed for 2013

The Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IERC) Awards Program was created in conjunction with the former Indiana Emergency Medical Services Conference Awards Program and the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association A2013 Award buttonwards Program.  The IERC Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding achievements and to honor those in Indiana’s Public Safety Organizations whose accomplishments rise above the day to day excellence in training, education and safety. 





Each day in Indiana, members of fire departments and EMS agencies save lives and perform countless noteworthy acts to their community. These awards are a tribute to those individuals and organizations whose overall contributions go beyond their basic duties and responsibilities and who represent the finest traditions of our professions. 

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS

Anyone, including the nominee, can submit a nomination for any award. Individual nominees must be currently certified at the level for which they are nominated. The primary reason(s) for which the person or agency is being nominated must have occurred in Indiana.

For all categories the nomination must be based on an individuals or organizational overall contributions, body of work, or sustained performance, not on single acts of heroism. Heroism acts may be part of the nomination but not the sole basis. 

Fill out the information requested on the nomination form. Include written examples of why this individual or organization should win, focusing on the award criteria. Please be specific, using examples that are easy to understand and thorough in describing the nominee’s accomplishments. Keep in mind that the committee that reviews the nomination will not be as familiar with the nominee as you are and may have no experience in our field. 

Nominations should be completed online at www.indianaerc.com by the deadline. If you are unable to complete the online registration, please complete and mail your completed application to PO Box 364, Zionsville, IN 46077. Nominations will need to be mailed and postmarked by the deadline date. Make sure you save a copy for your records.

The deadline for nominations is July 8th, 2013 and MUST be received by this date. The awards will be presented at the 2013 IERC in Indianapolis at the Annual Awards Banquet held on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, Plaza Ballroom.


Legislator of the Year Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Award Criteria:


Recognizing a local or state elected official who has worked with Indiana ’s Fire Service to champion legislation to promote fire safety, benefits, and or opportunities to citizens and / or firefighters and emergency responders locally, regionally, or statewide.

Nomination shall be accompanied by a letter explaining how the nominee meets the criteria, and it needs to be sent on the department's letterhead.


Fire Chief of the Year SUBMIT NOMINEE

Career and Volunteer  
(Two awards recognizing excellence in all organizational types)

Award Criteria:


Nominee must have at least three years’ experience as a Chief of Department.

Nominee must be actively involved in, but not limited to, the following:

  1. County or mutual aid fire organizations
  2. Fire prevention education on a local basis
  3. Training and Safety improvement with their Department
  4. Local community involvement (non-fire service)
  5. Regional, State or National Fire Service Organizations


Nominee must be recognized as a leader in the fire service by their peers.

Nominations shall be accompanied by a letter explaining how the nominees meet the criteria, and they need to be sent on the department's letterhead.


Fire Instructor of the Year Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

(Individual or Division)

Award Criteria:


Recognizing an individual or division whose contribution to training and education of Indiana's Fire Service has made it more effective, safer, and more professional.  The contribution may be in the form of specific program development or outstanding commitment to raising the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of firefighters and emergency responders locally, regionally, or statewide.

Nomination shall be accompanied by a letter explaining how the nominee meets the criteria, and it needs to be sent on the department's letterhead.

 


Indiana Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Award Criteria:


This award is presented to an individual member(s) of a fire department in the State of Indiana whose dedication to public fire and life safety education is demonstrated by high quality and innovative program(s) that have favorably impacted the safety education efforts for their community.  As public education is a vital role in emergency services, nominations need to reflect the high standards befitting Indiana's Fire Service.

To be considered the nominee:

      1.  Must be a fire department safety educator active in providing public education
      2.  Has demonstrated positive relationships with their community
      3.  Has demonstrated professionalism in the performance of their duties
      4.  Has demonstrated innovative ways of presenting fire and life safety education
      5.  Has demonstrated effective and efficient program delivery
      6.  Has advocated public safety education’s importance in their community and department
      7.  Has empowered others to follow their public education leadership

     
Nomination shall be accompanied by a letter explaining how the nominee meets the criteria, and it needs to be sent on the department's letterhead.


Ambulance Provider Public Relations Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Award Criteria:

This award is presented in recognition of significant contributions to the improvement of public understanding of the EMS industry, public Awareness of the EMS system available in the community, and injury prevention efforts.  Information of how to access the EMS system and what actions to take while waiting for the ambulance provider’s services is essential.

To be considered for this award, the provider should have a well-rounded program of public education with information targeted for different age groups, economic and social segments in the community.


David J. Edwards Memorial Award - Primary Instructor of the Year Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Award Criteria:


David J. Edwards, a paramedic/firefighter who was also a primary instructor actively involved in EMS education, was killed while fighting a house fire on February 3, 1988.  This award is presented in his honor.

To be considered for this award, the candidate must be actively involved in EMS education and be certified by the EMS Commission as a Primary Instructor.  The candidate should not only demonstrate a willingness to teach but an eagerness to learn.  The candidate should be an active member of the community involved in public education and public service which goes beyond normal day-to-day EMS responsibilities.


Dispatcher of the Year Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Selection Criteria:


The dispatcher may be nominated for any of the following:

  1. In recognition of years of dedicated service as a dispatcher

 2.  In recognition of outstanding performance relating to a specific emergency event.

Certification as an emergency Medical Dispatcher is NOT a prerequisite to nomination for this award.


EMS for Children Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Selection Criteria:


This award recognizes the outstanding contributions that emergency medical responders in Indiana provide to children.  While pediatric calls are usually the most difficult and problematic for EMS, the Emergency Medical Service for Children Committee would like to recognize those responders that have exemplified remarkable skills and commitments to providing quality medical care to a child (18 years of age and under) regardless of the outcome.

The purpose of this award is to provide recognition for those contributions, which are above and beyond the normal day to day experiences when dealing with pediatrics specifically.

If you know of an EMS responder that has made the difference in the life of a child and provided the right care when it counted, please nominate him/her for this award.


Heroic Rescue Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Selection Criteria:


This award is presented to EMS personnel who were actively involved in a rescue operation.  Any decision to attempt to rescue a victim from a dangerous environment should be influenced by a thorough knowledge of hazards to the victim, the rescuer, support personnel and the public at large.

To be considered for this award, the candidate(s) must have demonstrated a degree of courage and bravery, while at the same time, showing an understanding of the seriousness of the situation and the risks involved.

Individual Certification Level Awards


EMT/Paramedic of the Year  SUBMIT NOMINEE

Certification Levels:  

 

  • EMT Basic of the Year
  • EMT Advanced / Intermediate of the Year
  • Paramedic of the Year

 

Selection Criteria:


The recipient should represent the best our industry has to offer.  This person not only demonstrates proficiency in patient care but also displays an attitude of professionalism which commands respect from the candidate’s provider affiliation, patients, and the community.   

The purpose of this award is to provide recognition for those contributions that are above and beyond the normal day to day experiences.  Contributions to the EMS industry through dedication, service, and leadership and to the community through the promotion of EMS awareness, education, and volunteer activities are considered in the selection of the award recipient.

 


Medical Director of the Year Award SUBMIT NOMINEE

Selection Criteria:


This award should represent the best our industry has to offer.  This person should not only demonstrate proficiency in medical oversight of EMS provider organizations but also exhibit an attitude of professionalism in the relationships between his/her provider affiliations, EMS personnel, supervising or area hospital, other members of the medical community, and the public.

The purpose of this award is to provide recognition for those contributions that are above and beyond the normal day to day experiences.  Contributions to the advancement of EMS patient care protocols and leadership in promoting the importance of pre-hospital care to other medical professionals and the local community are considered in the selection of the award recipient. Provider of the Year Awards (at each certification level)



BLS/ALS Provider of the Year  SUBMIT NOMINEE
Certification Levels:

 

  • BLS Provider of the Year (Fire Based)
  • ALS Provider of the Year (Fire Based)
  • BLS Provider of the Year (Non-Fire Based)
  • ALS Provider of the Year (Non-Fire Based)

 


Selection Criteria

The Provider of the Year at each level should demonstrate a commitment not only to its personnel and patients but the community it serves.  A degree of professionalism is the expected norm for all providers.

The Provider of the Year should possess unique qualities that serve to elevate the standard of professionalism and the quality of patient care throughout the EMS industry.

Please note the award is for either a fire department based EMS Provider, both BLS and ALS and for a non-fire based EMS Provider, both BLS and ALS.

 


Life Award Nomination  

Link to Flyer and Application (paper form)

Link to Online Application to submit Nominee

The Leadership in Fitness Excellence (L.I.F.E.) award, copresented by the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association and Public Safety Medical, recognizes the exemplary efforts of Public Safety Departments to improve the
wellness and fitness of their personnel.

Categories:
There will be a winner and runner up selected from the following categories:
• Career Departments
• Combined/Volunteer Departments

Selection Process:
In order to ensure fairness in the selection process, all department applications will have all identifiers removed
prior to judging. A panel of five judges will then evaluate each application separately. Finally, the scores will
be averaged, and the department with the highest score will be selected as the winner.

The judging panel consists of a representative from the following organizations:
1. Indiana Fire Chiefs Association: Wellness-Fitness Committee Member
2. Public Safety Medical
3. Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
4. Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana
5. Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association

Winners Receive:
• Cash and valuable prizes
• Recognition at the annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference
• Crystal trophy for winner and plaque for runners up
• Recognition for best practices and model programs

 

 

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