Sedona AZ (October 15, 2021) – The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) announced the recipients of the 2020 Wildland Fire EMS Awards. The NWCG Emergency Medical Committee annually recognizes individuals and groups who have demonstrated outstanding actions or accomplishments that are above and beyond the expectation of one’s normal mission or job duties. The 2020 awards honor seven individuals and three crews.
Among the individuals honored was Sedona Fire District’s Assistant Chief, Jayson Coil. Chief Coil was
awarded the Outstanding Wildfire EMS Distinguished Service Award. The COVID-19 pandemic
continues to pose unique challenges for the wildland fire management community. As a paramedic with
the Sedona Fire District in Arizona, Jayson Coil disseminated information and helped to inform
decisions in the field, not only for his district, but for numerous agencies and the Wildland Fire Medical
and Public Health Advisory Team. To ensure he could provide accurate, meaningful information, Jayson
Coil completed 15 courses in epidemiology and public health from the University of Washington and a
specialization in Epidemiology in Public Health from John Hopkins University. He engaged wildland
fire leaders at multiple levels to address challenges with maintaining operations amid the pandemic.
Jayson Coil’s efforts improved safety for wildland firefighters across agencies at a critical time.
The Sedona Fire District recognizes Chief Coil’s outstanding contribution. “Chief Coil is an incredibly
intelligent and proficient firefighter. His leadership and ability to impact the wildland community and
Sedona Fire District in this way is a significant and appreciated accomplishment,” stated Sedona Fire
District Fire Chief Jon Trautwein.
Please join the Sedona Fire District in recognizing Chief Jayson Coil’s receipt of this award.