Leland Gayheart Prevention Award

Leland Gayheart was a 23 year old firefighter that lost his life due to a devastating burn injury in 1991. As a tribute, the Leland Gayheart Prevention Award was created to encourage prevention programs within local fire departments. An honorarium is awarded annually to fire departments whose innovative efforts have demonstrated a statewide, countywide, or citywide impact on prevention and fire safety. This award is presented in joint effort by the Gayheart family and the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center.

The award is presented annually to the Leland Gayheart Prevention Award recipient. This prestigious award includes an $800 honorarium, and a plaque.


All Michigan Fire Departments that are actively involved in fire safety and prevention.


All nominees must complete a nomination form and adhere to the format and length limitation described below to be considered for the award. All entries must include the following:

  • A synopsis of the program that explains its basic structure and outcomes to a broad audience. This section must include a paragraph describing the program and the problems it addresses; a list of organizations or individuals who have collaborated in the problem's design and/or implementation; a paragraph describing the essential elements of the strategy for implementing the program; and a brief summary of the program's outcomes. Synopsis must be typed, double-spaced and not to exceed five pages.
  • A sample of supporting materials utilized in the program (optional)
  • Completed nomination form


All nominations will be reviewed by the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center. Programs are judged on the program design, outcomes, leadership role, target audience and impact on local, state or national level.


Apply now for the annual Gayheart Prevention Award!  All nominations for the 2019 Leland Gayheart Award must be postmarked by July 5, 2019Completed nomination forms and supporting materials may be completed online, mailed, emailed or faxed.  Please note that supporting materials will not be returned.

Attention: Leland Gayheart Award Committee
University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center
Injury Prevention Team
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, 1C435-UH
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5033
Fax: 734-232-3833

Email:  kahrns@med.umich.edu

Award Nomination Form Please send the program synopsis and materials following the completion of the online form to kahrns@med.umich.edu

For print version of nomination form click here.


The winner of the 2018 Leland Gayheart Prevention Award is the Saginaw Fire Department for their Carbon Monoxide Alarm Installations Program. Congratulations!


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