Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation

Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Chief Yvorra back in the early 1980's when I bunked in and rode with PGFD Station 14 in Berwyn Heights, Maryland during my many trips to the MFRI and the UofM at College Park. Here's an exceptional opportunity that continues to honor the memory of an exceptional fire service leader.

YLD is accepting applications for the 2009 scholarship award competition. The application deadline has been extended to October 5, 2009. The organization was founded in 1988 in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. Since that time, YLD has awarded $88,000 in scholarships to members of the fire and emergency medical services.

YLD'S Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of YLD is to promote the importance of leadership as a key element in developing and improving emergency services in the United States. The Foundation works toward this goal by pursuing two basic objectives.

The first objective is to provide limited financial support to qualified applicants to pursue advanced leadership development training and education. YLD achieves this objective primarily through its scholarship program. Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation has awarded $88,000 in scholarships to members of the emergency response community. Recipients represent a wide range of emergency service organizations including volunteer, part-paid, and career personnel from fire departments, rescue squads, and emergency medical services.

The second objective of the Foundation is to promote a general awareness of the need for leadership development and training programs in the fire and emergency medical communities. YLD achieves these objectives through its press releases and by promoting and supporting special studies which improve leadership development.

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