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State EMS Awards

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Florida Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Awards 

For over 25 years, the Florida Department of Health had the honor of recognizing the men and women who provide lifesaving services in times of crisis. This is a small way of paying tribute to the brave medical professionals and agencies that ensure the public’s health and safety in times of an emergency. The following award categories represent several aspects of the prehospital environment. The department is honored to receive nominations each year.  2021 application form now available. 

Award Categories 

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic
  • 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator
  • EMS Provider
  • EMS Education (individual or organization)
  • Larry S. Jordan - EMS Hall of Fame
  • Raymond H. Alexander - EMS Medical Direction
  • Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer Award
  • EMS Memorial




Emergency Medical Technician

This award recognizes an EMT who:

  • is a non-administrative, certified EMT whose primary job is direct patient care;
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has demonstrated exceptional qualities in one or more of the following areas: quality assurance/improvement, patient care, medical control, disaster preparedness, or public education and/or training; and
  • has acted “above and beyond the call of duty” in response to the EMS community and/or profession (please elaborate as to how the individual exceeded normal day-to-day job functions while on duty).

Paramedic

This award recognizes a paramedic who:

  • is a non-administrative, certified paramedic whose primary job is direct patient care;
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has demonstrated exceptional qualities in one or more of the following areas:  quality assurance/improvement, patient care, medical control, disaster preparedness, or public education and/or training; and
  • has acted “above and beyond the call of duty” in response to the EMS community and/or profession (please elaborate as to how the individual exceeded normal day-to-day job functions while on duty).

911 Public Safety Telecommunicator

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • has demonstrated outstanding effort in processing a medical emergency call; and
  • has demonstrated outstanding efforts in educating the public on 911.

            A copy of the nominee processing a call must be included      within your submission

EMS Provider

This award recognizes a licensed EMS provider that:

  • participates in the Florida Prehospital EMS Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS);
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has assumed a leadership role in the Florida EMS system and community;
  • has demonstrated outstanding initiative in the area of public education  and/or training; and
  • has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control protocol development/implementation.

EMS Education

This award recognizes an individual (or organization) who:

  • is recognized as an educator of a Florida EMS training program, Florida approved continuing education provider, or licensed EMS service;
  • has assumed a leadership role in the field of EMS education;
  • has made a positive contribution to EMS education in the community, state, or nation; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

Larry S. Jordan - EMS Hall of Fame

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • is viewed as a national advocate for EMS, increasing public attention and action at the highest levels;
  • has devoted a significant part of his/her life to promoting and advancing prehospital emergency care;
  • has worked to change the manner in which we care for patients throughout the entire continuum of care;
  • has been active on numerous committees and boards at the state and national levels;
  • has had EMS related works published in journals, textbooks, and/or other publications;
  • has a minimum of 20 years experience in the field of EMS; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

Raymond H. Alexander - EMS Medical Direction

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • is a licensed Florida physician;
  • has assumed a leadership role in EMS within the community, state, or nation;
  • has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control;
  • has successfully promoted the use of new medical trends and technologies; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer Award

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced the EMS profession and/or system:

  • through visionary leadership:
    • by setting directions and creating patient focus, clear and visible values, and high expectations while balancing the needs of all EMS stakeholders; and
    • by ensuring the creation of strategies, systems, and methods for achieving performance excellence, stimulating innovation, building knowledge and capabilities, and ensuring EMS sustainability.
  • through managing for innovation.  Innovation means making meaningful change to improve EMS products, services, programs, processes, and operations and to create new value for EMS stakeholders; and
  • by promoting the use of best practices by building internal and external partnerships to address common issues, enhance communication, and evaluate progress to adapt to changing conditions in the EMS system.

EMS Memorial

This award recognizes an individual who has lost his/her life in the line of duty. Please report any of these unfortunate casualties to the EMS program that occurred during the calendar year. These individuals will be recognized for their sacrifice at the awards ceremony.

APPLICATION PROCESS 

To nominate an individual or organization please submit the following:

Nomination Entry Sheet:  Please complete the nomination entry sheet and indicate the award for which you are applying.

Summary Statement Guidelines:  Prepare a statement to depict the nominee’s qualities and contributions to EMS in Florida. Include why the nominee is exceptionally qualified and should be selected for this award. Break down the nomination criteria by specifics and describe how the nominee has excelled in each area specified in the criteria. Be specific. If you do not address EACH component of the nomination, you will lose points.

 

****This does not apply to the photo and video categories. Simply submit the photo or video with the signed release form(s) and describe the event in the photo or video.

 

Supporting Materials: Supporting materials can include articles, letters, résumé (if necessary) and any additional information to support the candidate’s nomination. 

Electronic Photograph: You MUST submit an electronic photograph (high resolution JPEG) of the nominee and include the attached photo release form completed and signed by that individual or organization. This photo will be incorporated into the awards ceremony in the event the nominee is selected as a winner.

 

CHECK FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THE NOMINATION:  

 

_____ Selected the most appropriate category for the nominee

_____ Nomination form and support materials included

_____ Electronic photograph (high resolution JPEG) of nominee enclosed

_____ Signed release form(s) enclosed for all photos or videos submitted

_____ Summary statement follows the guidelines listed above

 

****Failure to provide ALL the necessary information will lead to the disqualification of the nominee. 

 

DEADLINE

All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by 5pm EST Friday, August 13, 2021.  Mail materials to:

Time Frame: January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

EMS State Awards Coordinator

Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A22

Tallahassee, FL  32399-1722

 

Or email documents to her at:

EMS@Flhealth.gov