"Through effective management
and leadership, the individual can make a difference in the fire and
emergency medical services."
Now Celebrating our 26th Year!
The 2014 scholarship application process is now closed. Please check back for our announcement of the 2014 award winners. 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 $132,500 in scholarships to
members of the fire and emergency medical services.
Announcement: Please join YLD in congratulating the 2013 Scholarship award recipients:
Mr. Sean T. Jones, Chief, Citizen’s Hose Fire-Rescue-EMS, Natrona Heights, PA
Mr. Glen D. Rudner, Instructor, Technology Test Center Inc. - Security and Emergency Response Training Center, Pueblo CO.
Mr. Michael J. Willie, Paramedic, Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore, MD
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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