Due May 1, 2020

The CPSE, along with other select organizations and associations, are invited to submit nominations for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Pierce Manufacturing Fire Chief of the Year Awards. CPSE can submit one nomination in both the Career and Volunteer Chief category. The following information is taken from the IAFC webpage to describe the award criteria:

Two awards will be presented in 2020 – one for a career fire chief and one for a volunteer fire chief:

volunteer fire chief is defined as one who earns his or her principal livelihood by some means other than serving as a fire chief, even if the position of chief carries some compensation.

career fire chief is defined as one who earns his or her principal livelihood as a fire chief.

In each category, the status of the fire department as a whole — paid, volunteer or combination — is not considered.

  • Individuals who are eligible for nomination and selection as Fire Chief of the Year are limited to active chiefs of departments. Previous Fire Chief of the Year winners are not eligible.
  • Selection criteria will emphasize leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public, and contributions to the fire service as a whole.
  • All of a nominee’s fire service activities and accomplishments will be considered, but, because this is the Fire Chief of the Year award, special emphasis will be placed on the period from 2017 through 2019. A nominee’s command role at a major emergency incident, while relevant, will not be enough to place that individual into contention for the award.

CPSE will accept nominations from within our communities of designated Chief Fire Officers (CFO) and heads of accredited fire departments.

Nomination packages must be received no later than 5:00 pm EDT, May 1, 2020. An internal selection process will determine the individual who will receive CPSE’s nomination for the IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing Fire Chief of the Year.

Click here to download the nomination form.