Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation announces 2016 scholarship competition for emergency responders

Blog Post created by tommcgowan Employee on Aug 24, 2016

The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation is accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship awards competition. The application deadline is October 30, 2016. Since 1989 YLD has awarded $118,000 in scholarships and awards to emergency responders throughout the United States. Any active duty career or volunteer
member of the Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services may apply. In 2012, YLD issued three awards of $2,500.


To request or complete an application visit our web site at


The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation was organized in 1988 in honor of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. In 2007, YLD established the Chief John Eversole Endowment for Hazardous Materials Responders. In 1995, the Foundation established the Donald E. Sellers Endowment for Emergency Medical Services. For more information, visit the web site at

Deputy Chief James G. Yvorra dedicated his life's work to the fire and emergency medical services. After graduating from Indiana State University (Pennsylvania) with a degree in English and journalism, he began his career in 1974 as the EMS training
coordinator for Lycoming, Tioga and Sullivan counties in Pennsylvania. In 1976 he moved on to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute where he was a Senior EMS Instructor. His leadership style and personal commitment to his profession helped many young men and women begin successful careers as EMTs and paramedics at a time when the profession was just developing.


In 1978, Jim combined his talents in journalism and emergency services by joining the Robert J. Brady Company as editor of fire and EMS publications. While there, he was responsible for producing an impressive list of publications, including Emergency Care (third edition), First Responder, Trench Rescue and Investigating the Fire Scene.


After six successful years with the Brady Company, he formed Peake Productions in 1983 to focus on specialty topics. In just five years, his company produced Alan Brunacini's, Fireground Command for the National Fire Protection Association, and Fire Protection
Publications Hazardous Materials: Managing the Incident, which he co-authored.


Despite his academic background, Jim Yvorra was a hands-on kind of guy. He served as an active volunteer with the Berwyn Heights (Maryland) Fire Department and Rescue Squad for 11 years holding every rank through deputy chief and president. He was also a founding member of the Prince Georges County (Maryland) Hazardous Materials Response Team and held the position of shift officer.


Jim was a serious student of management and leadership, and believed the individual could make a difference. His personal accomplishments set an example for others to follow.