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  1. #1
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    Default Awards/ Recognition

    Just looking for some feedback from fellow members, full time, voly, part time, doesn't matter at all. My department has let recognizing our member fall to the way side over the last few years, and I am in the process of bringing it back.

    How do the rest of you feel about awards, IE; FF of the year, officer of the year, medic/emt of the year, distinguished service, you get the point. My plan is to bring back the annual awards banquet, either at christmas, or the beginning of the new year. My personal feeling is that a little "thank you" and recognition goes along way with morale, although we don't need to be told " good job" for doing just that, our "JOB" it feels nice sometimes, doesn't it?

    again I am just looking for some insight from the outside, Maybe I'm just grasping for old school traditions, but isn't that what the fire service preaches?

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    Dec 2003
    N.W. Iowa


    We have never had a program in the past and I always thought it would be a good idea. Since becoming chief I installed a program this past year. We gave out years of service awards, I really think it was greatly appreciated. I had two members several weeks later tell me thanks for the award. It was nice to here.

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    Dec 2010
    Port Royal, SC


    Awards are great way to say "thank you." Problem with Firefighter of the Year type awards is it is perceived, or could be if not properly managed, as a popularity contest and you could get the exact opposite of what your intentions are.

    Create wider array of awards to recognize those who contribute but not always in the limelight. A "Silent Hero" award, or heck even just a "Thank you" award. Keep a little note book during the year and write little things you notice or see and remember them for your awards. It's the small things people notice and say "thank you" for that goes such a long way.

    DON'T FORGET THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER!! Anyone in the profession, be-it volunteer or career, CANNOT do this job without support. No matter if it is a wife, husband, mother, father, brother, etc.. make sure they get a "thank you" to. Maybe a rose for the wife, or a gift certificate to the husband, but I believe recognizing those supporting your members goes a long way and develops the family atmosphere all departments seek.

    When you have you ceremony be sure to invite your governmental officials and/or business owners who have helped throughout the year. Maybe they could come up with an award from the community to your members.

    Awards can go a long way and the sky is the limit…

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