The safety of our employees and visitors is a top priority for the National Park Service. I am proud to recognize the employees who exhibit great leadership and a superior work ethic to make national parks a safer place to work and visit.—Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
Safety Excellence Awards
Safety excellence awards honor exemplary achievements by employees to reduce the risk of injury or illness to employees or visitors.
Director's Awards recognize significant achievement by individuals and groups to cultivate a safe and healthful work environment for employees.
The Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award, presented annually since 1998, recognizes efforts to prevent serious injuries or fatalities to park visitors. Funded by the Hecht family, it is presented in memory of Andrew Clark Hecht, a nine-year-old boy who died during a visit to Yellowstone National Park with his family.
Award recipients for 2014 are:
Director's Award, Individual Achievement
James Pieper, Natural Resource Specialist, National Capital Regional Office
Mr. Pieper developed an Occupant Emergency Plan and ensured all employees had access to safety training to reduce the risk of injury in the field and office. Additionally, he conducted two CPR, AED, and BFA classes, and organized fire and active shooter drills. He tested the Evacuation Plan at biweekly staff meetings with a reward system for those who complied and recognized employees who helped to improve safety. Mr. Pieper actively managed the NRS Chemical Hygiene Plan and assisted five other parks by reviewing and facilitating chemical management requests.
Director's Award, Group Achievement
Safety Program, North Country National Scenic Trail - MI, MN, ND, NY, OH, PA, WI
Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement, Group Award
Search and Rescue Program, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA
In the last five years, the Search and Rescue (SAR) Program has managed over 400 search and rescue operations and has not had one serious accident or lost time injury. The SAR Program also conducted ongoing outreach to park users through web- based content, in person education, and media-based outreach. Tools were also provided to mitigate risks. The Sequoia and Kings Canyon SAR Program hosted trainings for other parks on SAR and EMS and also exported examples and methods on preventative search and rescue education for wilderness visitors.
Last updated: December 7, 2015