This award was established to honor achievement and excellence in training within the fire community in Montana. This award will recognize
an individual who has excelled at organizing or holding training with the purpose of advancement of fire service personnel. This award is open to both volunteer and career individuals. This award was inspired by Jim Blankenship who passed away in 2015. Jim served as a Fire Chief early in his career and later worked at the Washington State DNR and the Montana DNRC.