Nomination Process for the Medal of Merit


Do you know a Firefighter that went beyond the call of duty or took a risk to save a life?

If so, nominate them for the Ontario Firefighters Medal of Merit.
The following is a brief outline of the nomination process for the Firefighter’s Medal of Merit

The Fire Fighters Association of Ontario (FFAO) began its origins in the fall of 1899 in the City of Toronto. In November, 1983 the Firefighter’s Medal of Merit was adopted into the FFAO Constitution and By-laws.

The Firefighter’s Medal of Merit may be awarded to any firefighter in the Province of Ontario for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty. The Firefighter’s Medal of Merit maybe awarded posthumously.

Any firefighter or officer may be nominated by any person or organization within Ontario.

The Firefighter’s Medal of Merit is awarded in partnership with the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association, which is a 100% Canadian-owned company serving rural Ontario for more than 100 years. They take great pride in this longstanding tradition of recognizing the efforts and dedication of Ontario Firefighters.

Nominations are presented in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Firefighters Association of Ontario by the first of March each calendar year. The Medal of Merit committee will review the applications and make their selection by April 15. The President of the Firefighters Association of Ontario will make the announcement of the medal recipients at the May quarterly meeting.

The Medal of Merit is designed to incorporate the traditional firefighters Maltese Cross and the Firefighters Association of Ontario’s official seal (a firefighter carrying a person from a burning building).

The Medal of Merit is given out for one emergency event annually, where a firefighter or firefighters showed good judgement and took a calculated risk to save a life. More than one firefighter maybe awarded the Medal of Merit.

To nominate a firefighter(s) for the Medal of Merit please submit the following information:

  • Name and contact information of the person making the nomination
  • Name and contact information of the firefighter(s) being nominated
  • A brief description of the events, indicating how the firefighter took a calculated risk putting himself/herself at risk in attempting to save a life
  • Please ensure you include the time, date, location of the event and name of fire department that the firefighter belongs to.