In recognition of outstanding contributions to the training of our nation's firefighters, the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) presented the 2012 Everett E. Hudiburg award to Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) during the IFSTA Validation Conference. The award is named in honor of Hudiburg who was a former Stillwater, OK Fire Chief, former Editor of Fire Protection Publications, and the first Executive Director of the Fire Service Training Association, now known IFSTA.
Siarnicki began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Monessen, Pennsylvania. He joined the Prince George's County (MD) Fire/EMS Department in 1978 and, over 24 years, progressed through the ranks to chief of the department. In 2001, he retired from PGFD and was appointed executive director of the NFFF where he manages the daily operations of the foundation. Under his direction, the foundation developed the Everyone Goes Home® Program designed to reduce the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths that occur each year in the United States.
Siarnicki accepted the award on behalf of the foundation, the board of directors, the survivors of the fallen, and in recognition of the Everyone Goes Home® Program. "The overall mission of Everyone Goes Home is to remind firefighters that personal accountability is critical," he explained. "We want everyone to arrive at the scene quickly and safely. And to return quickly and safely to the people who love them."
More information on the NFFF is available at www.firehero.org.