Virginia Fire Chiefs Association

Glenn Gaines Award Application Period Extended to December 15th

1.     PURPOSE

This document establishes the Virginia Fire Chief’s Association (VFCA), Glenn A. Gaines – Leadership Legacy Award.  Specifically, it establishes criteria designed to recognize an individual on an annual basis who exemplifies the ability, character, and dedication to excellence and displays leadership attributes portrayed by Fire Chief Glenn A. Gaines.  The following describes the award, establishes eligibility criteria, and explains the nomination, selection, and the award presentation process.

2.     Glenn A. Gaines Leadership Legacy Award (Individual Award)

2.1       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 and sharing outstanding contributions.

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.

2.2       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

3.     Nomination Procedures, Format and Inclusive Dates

3.1       Applications for submitting Glenn A. Gaines – The Leadership Legacy Award online nomination form can be found on the VFCA website when the application period is open.  The uploaded documents should not exceed 750 words. Nomination packages that do not meet these requirements will be rejected.

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

3.3       Use bullet statements to show nominee accomplishments and specific results.  Place these statements under the appropriate headings in the same sequence described under paragraph 2.2, Nomination Criteria.

4.     Selection Process

4.1       The President of the VFCA and board of directors will serve as the selection committee, by January 31st each year.

4.2       The President and board of directors will independently score each nomination and forward their results to the President by January 31st each year.

4.3       The President will review, tally the results, and announce the winner during the annual Virginia Fire-Rescue Conference.

5.     Award Presentation

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