The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards Board of Directors extends our congratulations to all of the award recipients. These internationally recognized awards are presented to individuals, teams, and agencies that demonstrate outstanding achievements, skills, and/or preparedness in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. Awards may also be given, on occasion, to individuals who demonstrate clear thinking and the utilization of available resources to effect swiftwater and flood rescues.
The Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards were established in 1993 by the National Association for Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Committee in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker, who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the Los Angeles River, and Los Angeles County Firefighter Paramedic Jeffrey Langley, a pioneer in swiftwater rescue who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993.
The Awards have increased awareness about the need for specialized swiftwater and flood rescue training and preparedness. Today, worldwide training certifications have increased and agencies have been inspired to develop viable water rescue programs to protect the public and rescuers alike.