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Monday, September 9, 2019

Scholarships and Special Projects Awards Available for Emergency Responders

Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation, Inc. 

2446 Azalea Road 
Port Republic, Maryland 20676 

yld@chesapeake.net www.YLD.org 

Press Release 9/5/19 


CONTACT: Mike Hildebrand, 443-968-0862 

The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) is currently accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarships and Special Projects related to leadership development. The awards are in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, Emergency Medical Technician Donald E. Sellers, and Chief John M. Eversole. Any active career or volunteer Fire, Rescue, EMS, or Emergency Management member or active duty or reserve U.S. military member who serves in an emergency response position is eligible. 

Annual awards are approximately $2,500 each and three awards will be issued totaling $7,500. In addition to one award for firefighters, there is an award set aside for Hazardous Materials Responders and one for Emergency Medical Service Responders. Special awards of greater value may be issued for leadership development related special projects proposed by individuals or groups. 

Since 1989, YLD has awarded $195,000 to 102 award recipients.

To request an application go to http://www.yld.org and click “Applications”. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2019 and awards are usually announced in late December.

Providing financial support for 31 years to qualified applicants to pursue advanced leadership development training and education.

Yvorra Leadership Development (YLD) is a non-profit private foundation designed to promote leadership development among members of the fire, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services communities. The Foundation was created to continue the efforts of DFC James G. Yvorra who dedicated his life's work to the betterment of fire and emergency medical services.

Individuals may apply for scholarships or groups may apply for funding for a leadership related project. The selection criteria include:

·      Potential for the applicant to have a positive impact upon the future of his or her organization and the emergency services community, especially as it relates to developing future leaders.
·      Demonstrated strong commitment to professionalism and becoming a good leader in the emergency services through training and education.
·      Currently serving as an active duty civilian or military career or volunteer firefighter or emergency management officer.
·      Analysis of three letters of recommendation submitted with the application.

Consideration will be given to any individual with a level of experience ranging from firefighter, company officer, chief officer, or emergency management officer.

Applicants may also apply for the Donald E. Sellers Scholarship for Emergency Medical Responders and the Chief John M. Eversole scholarship for Hazardous Materials Emergency Responders. For complete information and an application, please visit: www.YLD.org and be sure to visit us on Facebook!

How You Can Donate

The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation welcomes contributions from individuals, groups, and corporations who share YLD's goals and objectives. The Foundation also accepts special financial contributions to support the long-term goals of the organization. Examples include bequeaths, royalties through publications, grants, and endowments. Please contact Michael Hildebrand, YLD President, at YLD@chesapeake.net, or donate online at:


All contributions are tax deductible. The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization. The Foundation operates under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Code.

YLD Challenge Coin

In 2016 the Yvorra Leadership Develop Foundation minted its first challenge coin. The front of our challenge coin shows the Foundation’s logo, date of founding, and our web site address. Each coin is numbered. Issue #1 is shown in the photo.

The obverse side of the coin shows the six primary attributes of becoming a good leader in the emergency services as determined from the opinions of our award recipients over the last three decades.

We will proudly send you one or more challenge coins for a donation of $25 per coin. This covers our production and mailing costs. Use the DONATE button on our website, select $25 or other amount. On the Checkout page you’ll see an “additional note” box for you to provide us with your name and mailing address.

PGFD receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Recognition Award

MEDIA CONTACT, Mark E. Brady, Chief PIO, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

Largo, MD September 9, 2019  The Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. 
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.  

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.   

“The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients as well as providing the best possible pre-hospital care for all patients in the County,” said Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”  

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.” 

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Departments is one of the largest and busiest combination, career and volunteer, Departments in the Country.  The Department responds to about 150,000 requests for service a year with about 120,000 of those requests for emergency medical services.  The Department protects 500 square miles and a population of nearly 1 million from a base of 45 Fire/EMS Stations located throughout the County.