Submitting a nomination
The principal consideration for the Society’s Trustees, when considering nominations, is that the persons nominated must have exposed themselves to the hazard of fire and smoke while attempting to rescue one or more people.
Examples of such actions might include:
- entering a burning building;
- freeing someone from a burning vehicle;
- extinguishing someone’s burning clothing.
Who can make a nomination?
Nominations are accepted from:
- chief constables and chief fire officers in the United Kingdom; or
- senior police or fire brigade officers with the knowledge and support of their commanding officers; or
- in exceptional cases, a third party.
How is a nomination made?
Nominations are to be made by post or email, using the Society's official application form (see Nomination Form) which has been signed and is accompanied by a covering letter from a senior officer; if sent by email, the sender should confirm that the nomination is sent with the knowledge and approval of a (named) senior officer. Nominations are to be sent to the secretary of the Society at the postal/email address on the Nomination Form.
While they always consider exceptional cases, the Trustees do not normally make awards to:
- a close relation of a victim, although an exception might be made for meritorious action by a child or grandchild;
- someone receiving another national award;
- a serving fire officer, unless they were off duty at the time of the incident;
- a serving police officer, unless:
- their action was above and beyond what is expected in the normal course of their duty; or
- they were off duty at the time of the incident.