Nominate Your Fire Chief for the Chief of the Year Award! Nominations due August 1.

Posted on July 3, 2018

The Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs has announced the 2018 Fire Chief of the Year awards which will be presented on August 29, 2018 at the Annual Leadership Conference.   KAFC will be honoring both a volunteer and career fire chief from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The awards recognize the dedication and service fire chiefs provide to the citizens of their Kentucky communities.

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Two awards will be presented on August 29, 2018; one for a career fire chief and one for a volunteer fire chief.  The Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS) is proud to sponsor the Career Fire Chief of the Year Award. 

A 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.  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 July 2017 through July 2018. 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.  A cover letter on the nominating organization's letterhead, describing in less than 1200 words the nominee's major accomplishments and why the candidate is being nominated.

SELECTION PROCESS - Each nomination packages will be reviewed by the Executive Board of the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs. The Executive Board reserves the right to omit an award.