Volunteer "Step Up and Stand Out" Contest

The Step Up and Step Out Award recognizes a volunteer/combination department's for their outstanding work in their community. The program asked fire departments to submit a video explaining how they give back to their communities and why volunteers are important. The winner is determined by the most votes in an online video contest. 

There will be 1 grand prize winner and five finalists receiving valuable prize packages.  This award is sponsored by Kidde, VCOS, and several other fire service partners.  

One of the goals of the campaign is to encourage departments nationwide to conduct community events to attract new volunteers. Below are resources that volunteer and combination departments can use for these events.


Award Winner

2017: Wiggins Fire Department (MS)

Past Award Winner

2016: Assistant Chief Bob Love, North Hays County (TX) Fire Rescue


Step Up and Stand out Communication Toolkit (pdf)

Open house checklist (pdf)

Open house and community engagement toolkit and samples

NFPA Open House Guide

NFPA Step Up and Stand Out Resources

Smart Choices for Smoke Alarm Placement

VCOS Vision