The annual Firefighter of the Year awards recognised the outstanding achievements of the best volunteer and professional firefighters.

The Firefighter of the Year Award recognised the commitment, bravery, professionalism and community service of both the career and volunteer firefighters. Winners are nominated by their peers and selected by the CEO of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. Recipients receive the Eric Simmons Medal named in honour of Past President Eric Simmons (dec'd) who was a director of the NT Emergency Services and a member of the Rotary Club of Darwin North. In addition to the medals, the Rotary Club of Darwin North donates $1,000 on behalf of each recipient to Australian Rotary Health for ongoing research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it affects emergency services personnel.

The Eric Simmons Firefighter of the Year award commenced in 2012 as a community service project of our club and concluded in 2021.