Hirami, team recognized with 2017 NWCG award

Photo: Lenise Lago, Patti Hirami (holding plaque) and Jaelith Hall-Rivera stand at the front of a room.
Acting Associate Chief Lenise Lago was joined by Acting Associate Deputy Chief Jaelith Hall-Rivera, State and Private Forestry, while presenting Acting Deputy Chief Patti Hirami, State and Private Forestry, with the 2017 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Team of the Year Award. Forest Service photo by Tanya Flores.


—Patti Hirami, Acting State and Private Forestry Deputy Chief, accepted the 2017 Outstanding Wildfire EMS Team of the Year Award on behalf of the Emergency Medical Services Working Group. Acting Associate Chief Lenise Lago presented the award Aug. 8 in a celebration at the Yates Building. The award is one of five Emergency Medical Service Award categories designated by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Hirami and the Emergency Medical Services Working Group were awarded the Outstanding Wildfire EMS Team of the Year Award. Hirami chaired the EMS Implementation Working Group, which included policy makers and field providers. Under her leadership, the working group developed a framework to standardize the Forest Service’s EMS program from 2016 to 2017. The group leveraged best practices across the federal government with the ultimate goal of delivering risk-based implementation of basic life support emergency medical services to Forest Service employees. The group developed recommended standards for training, protocols and medical direction. Their efforts have made a direct impact on all Forest Service employees—increasing the chances of survival and rapid recovery of employees who become seriously ill or injured during the performance of work.

The annual awards program, sponsored by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Incident Emergency Medical Subcommittee, recognizes and honors individuals and/or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions or programs in emergency medical service for our nation’s wildland firefighters. The Wildfire Emergency Medical Service Awards program originated to recognize the unselfish acts and actions of individuals and/or organizations for “going above and beyond” their normal duties in rendering emergency medical service care and training for member agency incidents and programs.