The multimedia category honors work that was designed exclusively for an online audience. By taking advantage of online media's powerful combination of video, sound, imagery and interactivity, these award winners truly bring fire fighting to life.

Best Blog Post

“PGFD Special Events Unit Handles Busy Summer Concert”
Published in
Written by Mark E. Brady
Submitted by Prince George’s County, MD Local 1619

This in-depth blog post provides valuable insight into the services Prince George’s County fire fighters provided at FedEx Field during a popular Kenny Chesney concert. This piece also features a great discussion about the unit’s setup to assist in handling large events and includes many photos of workers preparing for the concert.

“When You Take Time to Listen, Your Actions Speak Volumes”
Published in Fire Chief Magazine
Written by Jim Spell
Submitted by Vail, CO Local 4138

This post, published in Fire Chief Magazine's blog Mutual Aid, examines the officer’s role as a listening and feedback resource for other fire fighters. The piece provides great tips for fire officers on how to actively listen to fire fighters and outlines possible challenges officers may face in attempting to actively engage with fire fighters.



"Six Ways to Keep Active Retired Members Engaged"
Published in IAFF Frontline Blog
Written by Joe Bertoni
Submitted by Fairfax County, VA Local 2068

Providing great insight and advice on how to keep an active retiree base in fire service, this piece outlines the challenges of engaging and including retirees in local affairs.

Best YouTube Video

Fire and Water
Produced by Mark Davis
Submitted by Boise, ID Local 149

Fire and Water tells the story of Rick Stover a former retired U.S. Navy diver who became a fire fighter in his home state of Idaho. The 10-minute video demonstrates the similarities between fire fighting and the military such as the camaraderie shared among fire fighters, high intensity and high level training needed to perform both jobs.

The Game Changer
Produced by Tara Cardoso, Jack Norris, Derek Wiley, Pete Wallwork and Sergio Ornelas
Submitted by Palm Beach County, FL Local 2928

This documentary explores the effect of cancer on the fire service. Fire fighters share their stories of cancer survival and raise awareness among members about what safety changes should be taken to prevent the disease from spreading in the fire service.


Your Fire Department
Produced by Ryan Christen, Ocean City-Wright, FL
Submitted by Ocean City-Wright, FL Local 2879.

Your Fire Department was produced to help citizens of Ocean City to take pride and ownership in their local fire department. The video, produced by Ocean City-Wright Local 2879 member and past president Ryan Christen, creates a better understanding of fire department operations. The community outreach effort paid off, when in November 2012, citizens voted to approve a millage cap increase for the fire department.



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