Utah Fire and Rescue Academy Named Best of State

The Utah Fire and Rescue Academy has won “The Best of State Award in the Public Safety category. The Utah Fire and Rescue Academy (UFRA) is housed in the School of Public Services and is a part of the College of Technology and Computing at Utah Valley University.

The Best of State Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in the state of Utah.

“This is a tremendous honor for all the hard working folks who labor so diligently at UFRA,” said Jeff Maxfield, Assistant Dean of UVU’s College of Technology and Computing. “We are certainly proud of their efforts and it’s nice to see them get this recognition.”

Winners in each Best of State category are awarded the prestigious Best of State Medal. The Medallion is two-inches in diameter, minted bronze, gold-plated and engraved. The medal is suspended from a double-woven, gold-trimmed Best of State ribbon. Winners receive the right to display and use the Best of State medallion image on business correspondence, their website, and other promotional materials for the twelve months following receipt of the award. A complete list of the 2011 winners can be found at  www.bestofstate.org

The actual award will be presented at the annual award gala on June 4th. Hugh Conner, Director of UFRA has asked Andrea Hossley to accept the award on behalf of the Academy. “She had so much to do with UFRA winning this,” said Conner, “it only seems right that she should be the one up on stage representing us.”

The Utah Fire & Rescue Academy (UFRA), a division of Utah Valley University, is a unique organization that, since its roots were planted in 1960, has grown to become one of the most progressive and comprehensive fire service training organizations in the world.

UFRA contributes to the safety and security of Utah residents by training fire service emergency responders, creating and maintaining programs and courses related to fire service emergency response, assisting in the development of current and future fire department leaders, and maintaining a certification program that insures a high degree of professionalism in all disciplines of the fire service. UFRA is committed to customer service and to finding innovative solutions for the training and education of Utah’s firefighters.

The UFRA Straight Tip magazine is the primary reason UFRA won the Best of State Award but it is just one component of a comprehensive system of products and services that UFRA provides to help responders save lives and property and better serve every community in Utah.

For the latest news and details on UFRA, their magazine “Straight Tip” is available via mail or by going to www.uvu.edu/ufra and clicking on “Straight Tip Magazine” where you can view the online version.

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