District Awards
    CSDA District of Distinction Award CSDA District of Distinction Award

    In October of 2011 the District was named a "District of Distinction" by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) and the Special Districts Leadership Foundation (SDLF).

    This designation validates the Fire Districts commitment to good governance and to ethical and sound operating practices. The accreditation criteria included the submission of financial audits, current and relevant policies and procedures, and proof of training completed by each of the District's Board of Directors and executive management team in ethics, governance, and leadership. View Resolution

    CSDA Innovative Program Award CSDA Innovative Program Award

    On October 11, 2011 the District was awarded the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Innovative Program Award. The criteria for this award includes originality of program, tangible and positive results produced and a documented decrease in costs or a demonstrated improvement in quality of service without significantly increasing costs. Additionally, the program must be easily adaptable and serve as a best practices example for other organizations.

    The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association formed in 1969.


    Fire Service Global Award for Excellence Fire Service Global Award for Excellence

    On August 27, 2011 the District was recognized by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and U.S. Safety Fire Technologies with the presentation of the Fire Service Global Award for Excellence. This top honor international award recognizes innovation and achievement in managing resources to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies, Sudden Cardiac Arrest in this case. The award was presented to Fire District Director Matt Stamey during Fire-Rescue International in Atlanta.

    Read the article Fire Service Award for Excellence: There's an App for That in the October, 2011 edition of IAFC On Scene magazine.


    CESA Silver Award CESA Silver Award

    On August 9, 2011 the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council (council that oversees CERT and other programs in the San Ramon Valley) received the Silver Award from the California Emergency Services Association (CESA). The award recognizes organizations or individuals who have shown exceptional contributions to the field of emergency management. The Fire District along with the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District work cooperatively as a Citizen Corps Council in developing mitigation, preparation, response and recovery strategies for the region.


    AHA Lifesaver Heart Partner Award AHA Lifesaver Heart Partner Award

    On July 21, 2011 the District received the Lifesaver Heart Partner Award. The award, presented by the American Heart Association, recognized the District for development and implementation of the Fire Department CPR/AED mobile phone application.

    The app aims to strengthen the Chain of Survival by increasing the frequency and quality of bystander CPR, and improving the deployment rate of public access defibrillators, in the critical first minutes of a cardiac emergency. The app was also recognized for its unique ability to amplify the efforts of the many organizations already committed to improving cardiac arrest survival rates.


    Computerworld Honors Laureate Medal for Innovation Computerworld Honors Laureate

    On June 20, 2011, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., the District was presented a 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureate Medal for Innovation for creating "the ability to alert CPR-trained volunteers via an iPhone if there's a victim of sudden cardiac arrest near them, and where the victim and a nearby defibrillator are located, so they can start lifesaving efforts as rescue is dispatched."

    The Computerworld Honors Program, now in its 23rd year, aims to recognize those organizations which create and use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better.


    Telly Awards Telly Award

    On June 8, 2011 the District received two Telly Awards for its Public Service Announcement (PSA) video designed to promote awareness and adoption of the District-pioneered Fire Department mobile phone application. One award was received in the Government Relations category and one award was received in the Public Service category. The video was shot in 4K 16:9 format using the Red Digital Cinema Camera and shown in local theaters before featured movies.

    The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.


    VITA Wireless Samaritan Award VITA Wireless Samaritan Award

    On June 6, 2011, at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the District was presented a VITA Wireless Samaritan Award for its mobile phone application development work that "exemplifies how wireless technology can been used for dramatic results in emergencies". The location-aware phone application empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The app aims to improve bystander CPR rates and public access AED usage through an innovative and new form of civic engagement. The award is presented by The Wireless Foundation in association with the CTIA.

    Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.


    IADAS Webby Official Honoree Award IADAS Webby Official Honoree

    On April 12, 2011, in New York City, the District's website firedepartment.org and the Fire Department CPR/AED mobile phone app both received the prestigious honor of being named as official honorees by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). The District website was recognized in the Government category and the mobile application for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology.

    Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile. The Webby has been awarded to such notable organizations as Amazon.com, eBay, Yahoo!, iTunes and Google.


    International Davey Award International Davey Award

    On October 20, 2010 the District was the recipient of an international Davey Award in the government category for its website, FireDepartment.org. The category recognizes creativity in sites that "enable action, offer support and help, present government documents and forms, and provide a link to services available by government agencies and organizations." The judges are leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

    The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the "Creative Davids" who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets - the first major awards competition specifically for smaller firms.


    Accredited Agency Award Accredited Agency Award

    On August 26, 2010 the District achieved international accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Fire service accreditation is administered by the CFAI and requires an embedded culture of quality throughout an organization. Accreditation necessitates the development and maintenance of several key documents including a Strategic Plan, Self-Assessment Manual (SAM) and a Standards of Cover (SOC) deployment analysis.

    The Commission on Fire Accreditation International is governed by an 11-member commission representing a cross-section of the fire service industry, including fire departments, city and county management, code councils, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Association of Firefighters.


    W3 Award International Academy of Visual Arts W3 Awards

    On October 13, 2010 the District received two W3 Awards -one for the FireDepartment.org website and one for its release 1.0 iPhone application. The W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the web and in mobile applications. The District's FireDepartment.org website received a Silver Award while the iPhone application received a Gold Award. 2010 was the first year that the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) honored work in the mobile arena.

    The W3 is sanctioned and judged by IAVA, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Conde Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, HBO, Monster.com, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Victoria's Secret, Wired, Yahoo! and many others.


    National Citizen Corps Achievement Award FEMA National Citizen Corps Achievement Award

    On September 1, 2010 the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council received an Honorable Mention Award for Outstanding Citizen Corps Council serving a population under 750,000. The National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards recognize innovative practices and achievements of Citizen Corps Councils across the nation that are making our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. The finalists exemplify excellence in community emergency planning, foster successful public and private partnerships, prioritize collaboration, demonstrate creative and innovative local problem solving, and implement sound programs that can be modeled for use by other communities.


    IAFC Award for Excellence US Safety Engineering Award for Excellence

    On August 27, 2010 the District received an US Safety Engineering Award for Excellence from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). This award recognizes innovations and achievements in managing resources to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies. The District's focus on comprehensive records management and accountability - specifically its Information-led Management (ILM) initiative - was the reason for the selection and recognition.

    ILM is a District-pioneered framework that defines the organizational processes necessary to ensure that statistics in key organizational areas are collected, compiled and made available to managers and supervisors in time for effective use.


    CESA Silver Award CESA Silver Award

    On August 12, 2010 the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council (council that oversees CERT and other programs in the San Ramon Valley) received the Silver Award from the California Emergency Services Association (CESA). The award recognizes organizations or individuals who have shown exceptional contributions to the field of emergency management. The Fire District along with the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District work cooperatively as a Citizen Corps Council in developing mitigation, preparation, response and recovery strategies for the region.


    GFOA Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting GFOA Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

    On April 7, 2010 the District was awarded its ninth consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its continued attainment represents a significant management and governance accomplishment. Top-quality financial reporting is essential to be fully accountable to our citizens and to others with an interest in the District's finances.


    CAPIO Award for Excellence in Communications CAPIO Award for Excellence in Communications

    At the annual California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) conference in April, 2010 the District was presented the Excellence in Communications Award for its website, FireDepartment.org. The District took top honors in the website category.

    CAPIO's "Excellence in Communication" awards recognize the most creative and effective efforts in the areas of communication and marketing campaigns, newsletter production, photography, special events, writing, Web site development and video production.


    IADAS Webby Award Nominee IADAS Webby Award Nominee

    On April 13, 2010 FireDepartment.org received the prestigious honor of being nominated for best government website. FireDepartment.org was among five government sites worldwide to receive this nomination - along with two NASA sites, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a 650-person judging academy.


    National Citizen Corps Achievement Award National Citizen Corps Achievement Award

    On August 24, 2009 the Federal Emergency Management Agency/U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognized the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council (council that oversees CERT and other programs in the San Ramon Valley) for "innovative practices and achievements that are making our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. "The Council competed in the category of Outstanding Citizen Corps Council serving a population under 1.5 million. The award further stated the Council "exemplifies the Citizen Corps mission to prepare communities through training, education and community involvement."


    CESA Gold Award CESA Gold Award

    On October 15, 2008 the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council (council that oversees CERT and other programs in the San Ramon Valley) received the Gold Award from the California Emergency Services Association (CESA). The award is the association's highest honor, recognizing organizations or individuals who have shown exceptional contributions to the field of emergency management. The Fire District along with the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District work cooperatively as a Citizen Corps Council in developing mitigation, preparation, response and recovery strategies for the region.


    IAFC Award for Excellence IAFC Award for Excellence

    In August, 2008 the District received an Award for Excellence from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for its Pre-incident Aerial Survey program. This best-of-class preplan program creates a common operating picture for police, fire and other allied local and regional agencies. The surveys include detailed annotated information of use and interest to all emergency planners and responders across broad incident types. More than 350 District target hazards have comprehensive preplans in place for training and operational use.
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