International Association of Wildland Fire AWARDS

Nominations for the 2022 IAWF Awards is now open, the deadline to nominate is December 2nd. 

We are accepting nominations for the Ember Award, Firebreak Award, Early Career in Fire Ops, and Early Career in Fire Science.  The link to nomination can be found under each award description below. 

We encourage you to  gather your information to nominate some very deserving folks for these prestigious awards! The recipient does not need to be an IAWF member to receive an award.

If you’ve nominated someone in the past and they were not selected as the recipient, please do not hesitate to re-nominate them. At times we have numerous deserving folks, however, at this time we are only able to select one person per award.

Contact us with questions: Email or 406-625-7059.

Wildland Fire Safety Award

The IAWF WILDLAND FIRE SAFETY AWARD is given to someone in the wildland fire community who has made a significant contribution to wildland firefighter safety, either directly on the fireline, or indirectly through management or cultural changes. Their contribution is frequently beyond their normal everyday job expectations – sometimes at the potential risk to their own career, and their example can encourage others to act in a similar manner. Nomination will be open in years corresponding with the Safety Summit.

Wildland Fire Safety Award Past Recipients

 

 

Ember Award for Excellence in Wildland Fire Science

The purpose of the IAWF EMBER AWARD is to acknowledge sustained achievement in wildland fire science. The name ‘Ember’ was chosen to reflect the fact that research and science often move slowly, and their benefits or impacts may not be apparent for years or more. Nominations open annually on September 23rd.

Ember Award Nominations

Distinguished Service Award

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Distinguished Service Award which recognizes individuals, groups or organizations for their outstanding contributions to furthering the goals of the Association.

Distinguished Service Award Past Recipients

Spark Award

Student award for best poster or oral presentation at every IAWF hosted conference. Partner conferences may request to give this award as well.

At the ISS2 we had some stellar student presentations included on the program schedule.   We had a wonderful group of professionals volunteer to attend each of the presentations, evaluate and compile their results.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Spark Award: Best Student Presentation!

First Place: Joshua Horsley, University of Sydney, Australia
Forecasting fire smoke exposure and health impacts in Australia
Click here to view Power Point Presentation

Second Place: Scott Kelleher, Colorado State University
Low-cost wildfire smoke monitoring and detection
 Click here to view Power Point Presentation 

Third Place: Steven Brey, Colorado State University
There’s the smoke, where’s the fire? A regional analysis of which fires impact U.S. air quality based on a decade of HMS smoke data
Click here to view Power Point Presentation

Congratulations to each of these students. They will be awarded with an IAWF membership, as well as a cash prize.

Firebreak Award for Excellence in Wildland Fire Management

The “Management Award” was established to honor achievements and excellence in the management of wildland fire programs. This award recognizes an individual who have made lasting contributions in program management and inspired others through their creativity, innovation, leadership, application, guidance, and communication in response to challenging and controversial wildland fire management issues. Nominations open annually on September 23rd.

Management Award Nominations

Early Career Award in Fire Science

This award is to recognize a promising early-career professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability in any field of wildland fire science. Early career is nominally taken to include professionals who are under 40 years of age when nominated. Nominations open annually on September 23rd.

Early Career in Fire Science Nominations

Early Career Award in Fire Operations

This Award is to recognize a promising early-career professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability in any field of wildland fire operations. Early career is nominally taken to include professionals who are under 40 years of age when nominated.

Early Career in Fire Operations Nominations

2021 Award Recipients

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Dr. Penny Morgan
Ember Award
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Dr. Susan Conard
Distinguished Service Award
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Arthur "Butch" Blazer
Firebreak Award
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Dr. Bret Butler
Wildland Fire Safety Award
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Dr. Cathelijne Stoof
Early Career in Fire Science Award
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Dr. Sayaka Suzuki
Early Career in Fire Science Award
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2020 Award Recipients

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Tom Zimmerman.
Distinguished Service Award
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Dr. David L. Martell
Ember Award
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Tim Sexton
Firebreak Award
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Neil Cooper
Firebreak Award
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Dr. Alexander Filkov
Early Career in Fire Science
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Nolan Buckingham
Early Career in Fire Operations
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