Each year, The Continuing Challenge Workshop honors excellence in the field of hazardous materials response with the annual awards program. We have a total of five awards that may be granted on an annual basis with a maximum of one award per category. This year’s deadline for the receipt of nominations is May 1.
The William J. Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award:
This award is presented to the individual or organization who has dedicated a “lifetime” of commitment and sacrifice in creating and/or promoting innovations and achievements in hazardous materials response, management and/or leadership.
The James H. Meidl Instructor of the Year Award:
This award is presented to the individual who has played a key role in creating and/or promoting innovations and achievements in hazardous materials training and education.
The Continuing Challenge Medal of Valor:
This award is presented to the individual(s) who has displayed service, courage, sacrifice and/or heroism “above and beyond the call of duty.” The award is open to any responder, public or private, volunteer or paid, on or off-duty that demonstrated valor while participating in a hazardous materials event.
The Robert P. Turkington Innovation and Technology Award:
This award is presented to the individual, group, organization or
other association who developed, or was instrumental in the development and/or creation of a new technology or innovation for the hazardous materials community.
The Leo K. Najarian Responder of the Year Award:
This award is presented to the individual, agency or organization who most exemplifies the spirit, ideals, essence and practice of hazardous materials response and management.