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Ready, Set, Go! Program 2016 Awards

Call for Nominations & Eligibility Requirements

Author: Katie Reilly/ Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Ready, Set, Go! Program 2016 Awards

Call for Nominations & Eligibility Requirements

The International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Ready, Set, Go! Program announces the 2016 Ready, Set, Go! Program Awards. The awards recognize the exceptional efforts and achievements of fire departments, state agencies and individual fire service members associated with implementing and maintaining a successful Ready, Set, Go! Program in their community, in turn improving wildland fire preparedness dialogue between local fire departments and the residents they serve. 

Do you know an RSG member who is deserving of recognition for their dedication to RSG mitigation efforts? Nominations will be reviewed by members of a technical review committee and the winners will be announced in February of 2016. 

 
There are 4 awards open for consideration:
RSG Excellence Award:
• Use of program demonstrated through AMS or other documentation and communication with RSG staff. These member efforts will be based on specific success achieved in the prior calendar year.

RSG Innovation Award:
• Impact of effort on the communities served and increase in use of and adoption of the program in the state. Impact of efforts lead to RSG! Program improvement within their jurisdiction.
• Use of program demonstrated through AMS or other documentation and communication with RSG staff. These member efforts will be based on specific success achieved in the prior calendar year.

RSG Leadership Award (one career department and one combination/volunteer department):
• Demonstrated contributions to the RSG! Program through program development and dedicated efforts, who through leadership was able to convey the importance of encouraging others in the fire service and throughout the community to be partners in the wildland fire solution.
• Program improvement within their jurisdiction.
• Use of program demonstrated through AMS or other documentation and communication with RSG staff. These member efforts will be based on specific success achieved in the prior calendar year.

The RSG! Awards are now open for nomination. Award recipients will be invited to the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Wildland Fire Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada on March 8-10 where the awards will be presented. Winner announcements will be made via press release, posted on the RSG website, included in an issue of On Scene and shared with program partners. Travel, lodging, conference participation and award costs are complimentary to award recipients.
To learn about the 2015 award winners, please visit the RSG website. 

Deadline for nominations is January 8, 2016. 

The Ready Set Go! Program is a program funded by the USDA Forest Service to promote improved dialog on wildland fire preparedness between fire departments and the residents they serve. The program provides the guidance and tools, free of charge, for any department, regardless of size or resource ability to communicate with residents about what to expect in a wildfire, how to adopt successful and existing defensible space guidance and to raise situational awareness in the public that during the early stages there may not be enough firefighting resources to protect every home.

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