NAEMT Seeks 2006 Award Nominations

The National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) has opened nominations for its 2006 individual and organizational achievement awards. The awards, which honor EMS providers and organizations that demonstrate exceptional leadership and outstanding commitment to prehospital medical care, will be presented at the association's annual awards banquet on Friday, September 29, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The following awards criteria will help individuals and organizations in compiling nomination information. Attention should be given not only to a nominee's history, but to his or her involvement in the community, in EMS activities outside of work and in EMS overall. Nomination forms can be found on the NAEMT Web site at www.naemt.org.

Robert E. Motley EMT of the Year Award
Criteria: EMT who has significantly contributed to EMS at the community, state and/or national level.
Eligibility: Any basic or intermediate EMT whose primary responsibility is providing direct patient care.
Award Given: Plaque and $1,000 stipend
Sponsored by: Jems Communications

Asmund S. Laerdal Award for Excellence (EMT-Paramedic of the Year)
Criteria: EMT-Paramedic who has significantly contributed to EMS at the community, state and/or national level.
Eligibility: Any paramedic whose primary responsibility is providing direct patient care.
Award Given: $1,000 stipend and Carved Norwegian Crystal
Sponsored by: Laerdal Medical Corp.

Mary Ann Talley EMS Instructor/Coordinator of the Year Award
Criteria: Outstanding instructor of an ongoing training program for basic/intermediate EMTs or paramedics which is approved by the state lead agency.
Eligibility: Any state-approved I/C who is a member of NAEMT. Written endorsement from the training program medical director must accompany nomination.
Award Given: Plaque and $1,000 stipend
Sponsored by: Mosby

William Klingensmith EMS Administrator of the Year Award
Criteria: Administrator who has made a significant contribution to EMS administration on a local, state or national level.
Eligibility: Any EMS administrator whose primary responsibility is direction of individuals involved in delivery of prehospital care.
Award Given: Plaque and $1,000 stipend
Sponsored by: Merginet, a division of Moore Medical Corp

Richard "Dick" Ferneau EMS Medical Director of the Year Award
Criteria: EMS medical director who has made a significant contribution to EMS on a local, state or national level.
Eligibility: Any EMS medical director whose primary responsibility is clinical oversight of individuals involved in delivery of prehospital care.
Award Given: Plaque and $1,000 stipend
Sponsored by: Ferno

Leo R. Schwartz Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award
Criteria: EMS system that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to the community it serves.
Eligibility: Any emergency medical service at the basic or intermediate level except those in which NAEMT leadership participate.
Award Given: Plaque and $1,000 stipend
Sponsored by: Cygnus Business Media

EMT-Paramedic Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award
Criteria: EMS system that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to the community it serves.
Eligibility: Any EMS system at the paramedic level except those in which NAEMT leadership participate.
Award Given: Plaque and $1,000 stipend
Sponsored by: ZOLL Medical Corporation

ADPI/Harvard Scholarship
Applications are being accepted for the second annual ADPI/NAEMT Administrators Division - Harvard Executive Session Scholarship. The selected NAEMT Fellow will attend the Summer 2007 Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, which provides training that helps officials assess the tasks they face in managing today's results-driven organizations.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the 2006 program:

  • Be a member in good standing of the NAEMT Administrators Division on or before April 1, 2006;
  • Be a senior EMS Chief or EMS Executive / Manager who has demonstrated significant career accomplishments and has the potential to impact and initiate change;
  • Have demonstrated experience in facilitating significant change within EMS (more important than having attained a senior position); and
  • Have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

Applicants must submit an essay, not to exceed three pages, on their reasons for desiring to attend and describe how it will specifically benefit their EMS system, their EMS region and EMS as a profession. They must also complete an application (available at http://naemt.org/Harvard) and include a current resume, along with three recommendation letters from outside their EMS service.

Application packages are due no later than June 1, 2006. Download an application packet at http://naemt.org/Harvard. Send completed applications to ADPI/NAEMT Administrators Division, Harvard Executive Session Scholarship, P.O. Box 1400, Clinton, MS 39060-1400. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the awards banquet in Las Vegas.
Sponsored by: ADPI and the NAEMT Officers and Administrators Division

Anthony S. Maniscalco Memorial Scholarship
The Anthony S. Maniscalco Memorial Scholarship is a grant covering airfare, hotel costs and registration for one EMT and one Paramedic to attend the NAEMT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The scholarship was established in the memory of NAEMT Past President Paul M. Maniscalco's father, who passed away in 1991. It is made available through a gracious endowment by The Michael & Susan Newburger Foundation, long-time supporters of NAEMT and public service. A portion of this scholarship is also made available through a gracious conference registration grant by NAEMT.

To qualify for the award, applicants must be NAEMT members. In addition, they must submit the following application materials no later than June 1, 2006:

  • A 500-word essay written by the candidate about themselves, their EMS career and contribution to public service and local EMS. Essay is to be submitted in hard copy and via floppy disk in Word or Word Perfect format.
  • Photocopies of the candidates EMT or paramedic certification / license and EMS affiliation ID must be notarized and submitted with the application package.
  • Two letters of recommendation on appropriate letterhead endorsing the candidate and attesting to the candidates' EMS performance being consistent with the highest standards of Emergency Medical Services. One must be from a supervisor, and the other must be from a medical director.

Completed applications are to be properly bound when submitted. No other materials are to be submitted. Note: Contact information for the candidate and the endorsement sponsor must be available and valid on each correspondence submitted. An entry that does not adhere to all competition rules as outlined will be disqualified, and entrants will not be notified of disqualification.

Submit completed application packets by June 1, 2006, to NAEMT, c/o Anthony S. Maniscalco Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 1400, Clinton, MS 39060-1400 Awardees will be notified no later than July 1, 2006.
Sponsored by: The Michael and Susan Newburger Foundation

NAEMT is a national association of EMTs and paramedics that represents paid and volunteer EMS workers worldwide. NAEMT's goal is to serve its members through educational programs, information services, membership benefits, effective representation, and recognition of the professionalism and dedication of the men and women who provide prehospital medical care. For more information on the association, visit www.naemt.org.

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