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The Innovative Risk Management Award recognizes members that exhibit a commitment to the safety of their employees, facilities and public. By putting safety in the forefront, members are reducing losses, thus reducing their contributions. As your partner in risk management, IRMA is offering its members the opportunity to be awarded for creative solutions that reduce risks and enhance safety. 
The award recipient is selected by September 15. The award is presented during the October Board of Director’s Meeting and highlighted in the October IRMA E-News. To enter, simply complete the IRMA Award Application. Applications are open to all members and its individual operating departments. The application period is open
May 1 – August 31.
Award selection is based on review by the Training and Risk Management Committee and IRMA staff. Criteria for selection of an application is dependent upon the entry of the program, equipment, technology or protocol that successfully addresses emerging risks in the public sector with an ability to be adopted by other members or neighboring communities.
Have program questions? Please contact Director of Risk Management & Training Jen Swahlstedt at

Click here to complete the IRMA Award Application

Past IRMA Award Recipients

2021 - Village of Brookfield Police Department

  • Instituted an in-house Chaplain Program focused on officer and community wellbeing

2020 - Village of Mundelein Fire Department

  • Installed UV technology to clean the air and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Virus
  • E-News Article

2019 - Village of River Forest Fire Department

  • Leveraged geofencing technology to create real-time alert system to reduce clearance collisions when deploying fire engines and trucks

2018 - Village of Carol Stream Public Works Department

  • Implemented wireless headsets that integrated communication with hearing protection, creating safe job sites while working on or near roadways

2017 - Village of Hanover Park Fire Department

  • Participated in the Science, Medicine, Research, Technology for Emergency Responders (SMARTER) national research study which used wearable sensors to track the health and safety of firefighters in order to create future solutions that will reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities.
  • SMARTER Project Overview


2016 Village of Bartlett Police Department

  • Instituted an embedded psychologist for officer wellbeing
  • E-News Article



IRMA Award Application