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Causes: Disaster Aid, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: To recognize international preparedness, training programs, both individual and teams that led to the success of rescue missions through an awards program consisting of Incident, Special Commendation and Lifetime Achievement awards in the field of flood and swift water rescue.

Results: The Higgins and Langley Memorial Fund has recognized international award recipients in a variety of categories or flood and swiftwater. The categories are: Lifetime Achievement Award The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for those few individuals who make a significant, lasting and continuous impact in the field of swiftwater rescue. Consequently, Lifetime Achievement Awards are rarely awarded. Program Development Award The Program Development Award recognizes agencies that make a significant commitment to swiftwater and flood rescue programs in their area. This award profiles the education, training and resources to develop a successful swiftwater and flood rescue program. Incident Award Occasionally, a specific Incident is recognized that clearly demonstrates outstanding skill and preparedness in a swiftwater rescue. Team Award Recognizing the importance of team dynamics in the field of Swiftwater Rescue, a Team Award is considered in cases of outstanding, group dynamics or achievement. Special Commendation Award The Special Commendation Award recognizes the breadth of possible contribution in the field of swiftwater rescue. Awards of this type can be for media contribution, strategic planning, individual heroism or esprit de corps. 洪水及び急流救助における表彰の推薦を現在受け付けています。 The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards honor outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. They are not heroism awards, but rather recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done, often under extreme conditions, where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, as well as the safety of rescue personnel and the victims who are being rescued. The awards were established in 1993 by members of the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993. Flooding is the leading cause of weather related death worldwide. Rescuers who lack proper swiftwater/flood rescue training and equipment are at risk of serious injury and loss of life. Every year, would-be rescuers, both citizens and professionals, die in swiftwater incidents. Although improvements in response capability are being made in many public safety agencies, others remain inadequately prepared to perform safe and effective swiftwater and flood rescues. Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards have increased awareness about the need for specialized swiftwater and flood rescue training. As a result, worldwide training certifications have increased and agencies have been inspired to develop viable water rescue programs, both for the protection of the public, as well as the safety of their personnel.

Target demographics: water rescue responders and support their heroic efforts and educational outreach programs by honoring their achievements

Direct beneficiaries per year: Recognized over 100 water rescue professionals

Geographic areas served: the international water rescue community

Programs: Awards programs recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of flood and swiftwater rescue

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Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 SDSAR

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to all your award receipients who have received these international awards. Much appreciated.

1 Steve162

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be associated with this fine awards program. The mission of the H & L Awards is to recognize our first responders and others who save the lives of people caught in switfwater and flooding situations. Many lives have been saved by the award winners. Please support them!

2 WaterWise

Donor

Rating: 5

H&L is a legacy award program serving a variety of international water rescue professionals

2 HLAwardsProgram

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Higgins and Langley Board Member, I assure you when you are reading this review that our advisors and members represent the ethos and passion of lifesaving in such dynamic conditions and continue to uphold the values of honoring the nominees. Thank you for taking your time to review the Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards

2 Endurance

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards honor those who dedicate their profession towards saving the lives of others, but it also begins with their own safety. We appreciate honoring those who are also at risk of death or loss trying their best to recovery those in need internationally. Thank you.

1 Offshoresupport

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly appreciate these awards programs honorings those who serve and sacrifice for the greater good of humanity

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great award that recognizes proper training and preparedness in the dynamic and potentially dangerous field of swift water rescue

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Higgins and Langley board and organization is one of the most passionate organizations I have ever come across. The members go above and beyond in getting the word out about water safety and drowning prevention. They also do a wonderful job in recognizing those who put their life on the line to save others in water rescues.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my son in the summer of 09. As many people feel after loosing a love one in a (sometimes) preventable accident, like drowning, I felt the compelling need to make sense of my son’s death by trying to do something to help prevent other families from experiencing the same loss. My search to make a difference took me to our local fire department in Albany Oregon where I talked to Keith Gillespie who told me of Drowning Support Network and gave me Nancy Riggs contact information. I contacted Nancy Rigg, founder of Higgins And Langley Memorial and Education Fund, DSN and DSN Advocacy. Nancy has offered great support and went a step farther to introduce me to Taneka Burwell-Means, who is with American Medical Response and is the River Rescue Program Specialist here in Oregon. I have hopes that this new connection will help me in my unfailing desire to make a greater awareness of open water swimming safety to teens, young adults, and parents, by expanding this program at other river recreational sites. I have learned about other programs and other agencies that are doing their part in making our children safer in all areas of water recreation through DSN. This is only part of what they do and for me I feel encouraged because of the support and help I have received from them. DSN helped get me connected to others who had shared the same type of loss and helped me to feel not alone. Thank you for all you do ~

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As one who has lost a loved on to a drowning accident I found this organization through Drowning Support Network. This online support has been a wonderful support in validating feelings, understanding the process and begin my healing journey. To know that others understand first hand what you are going through makes a huge difference and helps to lift the weight.
Last year, we started an organization in our area for drowning prevention. Through the knowledge and experience of the Higgins and Langley Foundation members and Nancy Rigg we were guided through many necesary steps to get set up. The DSN Advocacy group has offered many resources, answers, support and encouragement to help in this journey as well. I am so thankful and blessed to have benefited from many aspects of this foundation.

Review from Guidestar

1 NJRigg

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Higgins and Langley Memorial and Education Fund sponsors many worthy programs, including the Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue. These awards honor outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. They are not heroism awards, but rather recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done, sometimes under extreme conditions, where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, as well as the safety of rescue personnel.

The awards are named in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic and swiftwater rescue pioneer, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993.

In addition to the awards, the Fund sponsors the Drowning Support Network, which lends guidance to families who have lost loved ones to drowning or in other aquatic accidents. Through DSN Advocacy, we promote drowning prevention and water safety awareness programs.

The Fund was established in 1993, and for a very small, all volunteer nonprofit organization, awesome work is achieved worldwide. I am so proud of this nonprofit and the many dedicated volunteers and sponsors who have ensured its continuation year after year.