Aaron Martin, the 2020 firefighter of the year, is recognized for his outstanding service in the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Aaron Martin is the VRFA 2020 Firefighter of the Year

Each year the VRFA recognizes a Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year, plus awards a member who exemplifies one of the organization’s core values: selfless service, integrity, and grit. Recipients are chosen by their co-workers.

Firefighter Aaron Martin, a nine-year veteran of the VRFA, takes on many extra duties to support his community and co-workers. He currently serves as a Public Information and Education Specialist, delivering safety messages to the community, and assists new employees as part of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC). In addition, he helps co-workers cope with job-related stressors as a member of the Peer Support Team.

Aaron has stepped up to be a leader in both the VRFA and regional fire Public Information Officer programs, serving as a media liaison for our organization and other agencies in our region – even while off-duty. As a member of the JATC committee, he has proven his commitment to our organization by ensuring the highest level of training for our new firefighters. Lastly, Aaron is a very active and engaged member of our Peer Support Team. He has a genuine and skillful approach to caring for the mental and emotional well-being of his fellow firefighters and teammates.

As noted in his award nominations, Aaron displays exemplary skill in all aspects of the job. He is a tactician on the fire ground and a thoughtful and thorough Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Aaron is known for being a friendly, helpful, positive, team-oriented member of his crew, station, and the VRFA. His crew members say he is always willing to lend a hand, always ready to work hard to accomplish tasks and goals, always reliable, and true to his word.