"Through effective management
and leadership, the individual can make a difference in the fire and
emergency medical services."
Now Celebrating our 27th Year!
YLD is currently accepting applications for the 2015
scholarship award competition. The application deadline is
October 30, 2015. The organization was founded in 1988 in
memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line
of duty. Since that time, YLD has awarded $140,500 in scholarships to
members of the fire and emergency medical services.
Announcement: Please join YLD in congratulating the 2014 Scholarship
Mr. Charles Hillman, Firefighter/Paramedic, City of
Norwalk Division of Fire, Norwalk, OH
Mr. Steven San Filippo,
Battalion Chief, Hazmat Operations FDNY, New York, NY
Roark Sr., Captain, Kansas City Fire Department, Kansas City
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 James
G. Yvorra who dedicated his life's work to the betterment of fire and
emergency medical services. This website was created and is
maintained by JoAnne F. Hildebrand.
Jim Yvorra was a Deputy
Chief with the Berwyn Heights (Maryland) Volunteer Fire Department and a
nationally recognized author and editor in the fields of fire, hazardous
materials, and emergency medical services. He died in the line of duty
when he was accidentally struck by a car while investigating an accident
scene on Interstate 95 near Washington, D.C., in January 1988.
Prior to his untimely death, he laid the groundwork for
several long term projects designed to promote a greater emphasis on
leadership development. His articles, personal notes, observations about
people, and discussions with colleagues have established the principles
upon which YLD has evolved.
Since 1995, YLD has been honored to provide special
scholarship assistance for leadership development in the emergency
services field. This award is made possible by a generous endowment from
the estate of the late Donald E. Sellers. In 2007, YLD created the John
M. Eversole endowment with the generous support of family, friends,
hazardous materials professional associations, and corporations from
across the United States. The Eversole Endowment supports awards and
scholarships specifically for members of the hazardous materials
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