The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has announced the winners of its four national awards. A special banquet to honor the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Fire Prevention Award, Junior Firefighter of the Year Award, and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award will take place during the NVFC’s spring meeting on April 28, 2012, in Alexandria, VA.
“We are once again greatly impressed with the quality and caliber of nominations that we received for the NVFC’s annual awards,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “The recipients that were chosen truly exemplify outstanding service and commitment to the fire service. We thank you for all you do to strengthen the emergency services and protect your communities.”
Award recipients receive a trip to Alexandria to attend the award ceremony, a personalized award, and complimentary one-year membership in the NVFC, among other items. The Junior Firefighter of the Year also receives a trip to a Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.
Learn more about the NVFC’s awards program at www.nvfc.org/about-us/awards/. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site and e-newsletters in May for additional information about each award winner as well as photos from the awards banquet.
The recipients of the NVFC’s 2012 awards are as follows:
Chief Lawrence Plumer
NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award
Award sponsored by Rosenbauer America
Chief Lawrence Plumer has been a firefighter at the Durand (WI) City/Rural Fire Department for over 45 years and has been Chief for the past 29 years. Until retiring, he also served for 38 years as an EMT on the Durand Municipal Ambulance Service, including 23 years as Director. Chief Plumer was named President of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association in 1984, a title he still holds today. Within his fire department, he has worked diligently to raise money and apply for grants to purchase equipment, including defibrillators. He was instrumental in securing and providing training on defibrillators for all Durand area first responders and Durand area schools. For over two decades, he was worked with local schools to share fire prevention information with youth. Chief Plumer was recognized as the Firefighter of the Year by the Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association in 2004.
NVFC Fire Prevention Award
Award sponsored by First Alert
James Conomea has been an active firefighter for more than 15 years and currently serves with Clay County (FL) Fire Rescue. As a Fire Prevention Officer, he has coordinated over 150 fire prevention education events in the last five years. He conducts hands-on safety training in the community through neighborhood and school safety events, works with over 50 elementary and preschool classes, and provides literature to over 100 classes each year. Conomea writes articles on fire prevention for the Florida Fire Chief's Association magazine, Firehouse Online, 1st Responder News, and other online outlets and local newspapers. In addition to his work in fire prevention, Conomea is on the planning committee for a local first response training program for teens, maintains the fire department web site, is a member of the Honor Guard, and is a Senior Vice President of a global financial firm.
Cherryville Fire Department
NVFC Junior Firefighter Program of the Year
Award sponsored by Tyco International