Virginia Fire Chiefs Association

Glenn Gaines Award

Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award recognizes an individual for superior leadership and actions that have elevated the fire service profession within the Commonwealth of Virginia through mentoring, teaching, and sharing outstanding contributions. This award is presented at the Annual Virginia Fire Rescue Conference.
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VFCA Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award

 

The Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award recognizes an individual for superior leadership and actions that have elevated the fire service profession within the Commonwealth of Virginia through mentoring, teaching, and sharing outstanding contributions. This award is presented at the Annual Virginia Fire Rescue Conference.

Eligibility

 Any current career or volunteer firefighter up to and including a chief officer within the Commonwealth of Virginia is eligible to compete for this award.

Nomination Criteria 

Nominate individuals for their significant achievements or contributions to the fire service in the following areas:

  • Accomplishments (in mentoring and professional development)
  • Initiative (including helping others beyond their own agency through mentoring and professional development, including advocacy)
  • Technical competence (including serving as an instructor)
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring ability
  • Additional Information

Nomination Procedures, Format, and Inclusive Dates

The application for submitting the Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award online can be found below on this page when the application period is open. Nomination packages that do not meet these requirements will be rejected. 

The inclusive dates for the Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award are January 1st through December 1st of each calendar year.

Nominators should use bullet statements to show nominee accomplishments and specific results.  Place these statements under the appropriate headings in the same sequence described under Nomination Criteria.

Selection Process

The President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and board of directors will serve as the selection committee. The President and board of directors will independently score each nomination and forward their results to the President by December 15th each year. The President will review, tally the results, and announce the winner during the annual Virginia Fire-Rescue Conference.

Award Presentation

The individual selected should be in attendance at the Virginia Fire Rescue Conference.

This annual award recognizes an individual for superior leadership and actions that have elevated the fire service profession within the Commonwealth of Virginia through mentoring, teaching & sharing outstanding contributions. Any current career or volunteer firefighter up to and including a chief officer within the Commonwealth of Virginia is eligible to compete for this award. 

Nominations are due by December 1st of each year and the award will be presented at the Annual Virginia Fire Rescue Conference. For more information or questions, contact the VFCA at info@vfca.us

Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award Recipients
2015 – Steve Cover
2016 – Edward “Loy” Senter, Jr.
2017 – David Hoback
2018 – Steve Kopczynski
2019 – John Schaffer
2020 – Scott Garber
2021 – Eugene “Cricket Gerald
2022 – Keith Johnson

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