Call For Nominations: Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue
The Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund, working in conjunction with the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), is seeking nominations for the 2010 Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Swiftwater Rescue, the highest international honors presented for flood and swiftwater rescue.
In addition to individual achievements and swiftwater-flood rescue team efforts, those who have dedicated years of service to developing and implementing swiftwater-flood rescue training programs, as well as public safety media-education efforts, will be considered for nomination. Industry standard swiftwater rescue training and certification is a pre-requisite for all water rescue award categories. Nominations for the 2010 flood and swiftwater Incident Awards may include incidents that were responded to between January 1, 2009 and February 1, 2010.
The awards honor civilian rescuer, Earl Higgins, who lost his life in February of 1980 while attempting to save a child being swept away in the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and firefighter/paramedic Jeffrey Langley of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who lost his life in a helicopter accident in March of 1993.
The awards will be presented during the annual conference of the National Association for Search and Rescue at the end of May 2010.
The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is February 19, 2010.
All nominations must be postmarked no later than February 19, 2010. Read instructions with care to avoid having nominations disqualified for lack of completion.
There are a variety of award categories to select from. Not all awards require that noteworthy technical swiftwater/flood rescues be performed. Many award categories recognize significant achievement in the development of swiftwater/flood rescue training programs, flood disaster preparedness and response, flood and swiftwater safety education programs, etc.
The Higgins & Langley Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Swiftwater Rescue
The Higgins & Langley Memorial Award is the premier internationally recognized Award for excellence in Swiftwater Rescue. It signifies an intense dedication to the field and a genuine desire to benefit the larger community responsible for the service. Only one Higgins & Langley Memorial Award is awarded in any calendar year.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for those few individuals who make a significant, lasting and continuous impact in the field of swiftwater rescue. Consequently, Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded only occasionally.
Program Development Award
The Program Development Award recognizes agencies that make a significant commitment to swiftwater rescue programs in their area. This award profiles the education, training and resources to develop a successful swiftwater rescue program.
Occasionally, a specific Incident is recognized that clearly demonstrates outstanding skill and preparedness, as well as outstanding teamwork in swiftwater rescue.
Special Commendation Award
The Special Commendation Award recognizes the breadth of possible contribution in the field of swiftwater rescue. Awards of this type can be for media contribution, strategic planning, individual heroism or esprit de corps.