Michigan Fire Inspectors Society is proud to honor our members and those who help MFIS meet our mission and goals.  We provide annual scholarships to burn survivors, members who wish to further their education,  and members who wish to add residential sprinklers to their homes.  We also honor a fire inspector and public educator each year through your nominations. 

To nominate someone for an award or to apply for a scholarship please click on the corresponding link below.


President's Award

Fire Inspector of the Year

Public Education


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award winners

President's Award 2019


This year's recipient is Rhonda Howard of the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services. Rhonda has been with the Bureau 20 years and has served as the Program Manager of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and  also serves as the program manager of the Michigan Certified Fire Inspector Program. Rhonda is always willing to assist the fire service in many ways whether it's with NFIRS, CFI issues or other questions. Her favorite hobbies include spoiling her Grandchildren, spending time at the lake cottage and boating.  She also finds time for baking, craft projects and watching Michigan football with her husband Ronnie. Congratulations and Thank You for all your dedication.

Past Award Winners

Fire Inspector of the Year Award 2019


Captain Donald Dettling is employed by the Dexter Area Fire Department serving in numerous roles. He was described as a steadfast supporter of the Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team. Don has a passion and devotion to public service coupled with his extreme professionalism in his efforts to make his community a safer and better place to live.

Donald’s nomination and selection has been based on his work that represents education, prevention, inspections and life safety of the citizens served. MFIS congratulates Donald Dettling on his award.

Past Award Winners

Fireman Larry Public Fire Educator of the Year


Firefighter David McGee is a member of the Macomb Township Fire Department and has been active in implementing public education within his community. David was instrumental in developing a Junior Firefighter Camp, he has been a boy scout camp counselor and has taught fire safety education and situational awareness to many in his community. Special activities include the camps, a O2 mask program for pets, young Marines, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs, and education for Special Education/Needs groups. FF McGee also worked  with his son to raise funds for the Pet O2 Mask program. MFIS congratulates David McGee on his award.

Past Award Winners