"Through effective management and leadership, the individual can make a difference in the fire and emergency medical services."

Welcome to the Yvorra Leadership Development

The organization was founded in 1988 in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. The primary goal of YLD is to promote the importance of leadership as a key element in developing and improving emergency services in the United States. To accomplish that the Foundation provides financial support to qualified applicants to pursue advanced leadership development training and education. Since YLD was founded, we have awarded over $140,500 in scholarships to members of the fire and emergency medical services.

Current Information

[Left to right are YLD President Mike Hildebrand, YLD Treasurer JoAnne Fish Hildebrand, and Mission BBQ’s Douglas Plain and Katherine Donahue].

On December 11, 2015 Mission BBQ hosted a BBQ Bash & YLD Fundraiser at their new store in Berwyn Heights, Maryland. The event was held in conjunction with the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and was attended by over 100 local firefighters from Prince Georges County stations. The event raised $1,496 for YLD. Thank You Mission BBQ!

For more on Mission BBQ’s community service go to mission-bbq.com and click on Giving Back.