Utah Fire & Rescue Academy (UFRA) was awarded the Best of State award in the category of Community Development – Public Sector, Public Safety for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014!
Thank you to all of our staff, instructors, testers, customers, and students for making UFRA an award winning organization. We are grateful for everyone's continued effort in striving for excellence in fire service training.
The Fire & Emergency Higher Education Program (FESHE) at the National Fire Academy (NFA) presented UFRA Assistant Director, Steve Lutz, with their "Lasting Achievement Award" for pioneering work on the fire officer professional development project. The award was presented at the annual conference at the NFA in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Lutz also presented a talk on the Utah Professional Development Project at the conference.
Lutz said that he was honored for the award but the important work to increase the knowledge and skills of those who will be future fire leaders is a team effort that involves many organizations and dedicated individuals. "I think it's important that we give back to the fire service by leaving it better than we found it. We're not quite there yet, there is still a lot of work to do in Utah and all over the country."
(Photo Caption - L to R: Kirby Keefer, Acting Superintendent National Fire Academy; Denis O'Neil, Acting Asst. US Fire Administrator; Steve Lutz, Asst. Director UFRA; and Ed Kaplan, Program Mgr. National Fire Academy)
The UFRA professional certification system is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Professional Qualifications System (ProBoard). In January 2015, the certification program was awarded reaccreditation from ProBoard. To maintain accreditation, a comprehensive review is required every five years. (Photo: Certification Program Manager, Lori Howes, receiving the reaccreditation award.)
UFRA staff received the Utah State Foresters Award in 2014, 2006 and 2000 for outstanding service.
Assistant Director Steve Lutz received the prestigious 2010 Martin Grimes Lifetime Achievement Award for education, training, and professional standards from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.