CFSI/MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS MASON LANKFORD FIRE SERVICE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Call for Nominations
Jointly sponsored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Motorola Solutions since 1998, the award recognizes exemplary leaders in public safety for their work to improve the delivery of the fire and emergency services in the areas of prevention, mitigation and response.
The award is named in honor of the late-Mason Lankford, a distinguished fire service leader from the state of Texas. Mason dedicated his time, energy and passion to the fire and emergency services within his home state and throughout the country. His primary mission was to make the profession safer for all who served. In 1987, when newly elected Congressman Curt Weldon first proposed the idea of establishing the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Mason stepped forward to offer his support. He was credited with convincing House Speaker Jim Wright to embrace the idea of a Fire Caucus, which lead to its successful launch. Since then, the Caucus has remained the most active and influential caucus in Congress.
Purpose of the award:
The Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award embraces the importance of advocacy and leadership on behalf of all firefighters and emergency services personnel. These key attributes epitmoize Mason's legacy as a fire service leader. He cared for all first responders and dedicated his career to building a stronger fire service without leaving anyone behind. The Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes individuals - like Mason Lankford - who embrace the same goals, dediciation and commitment to make the fire service a safer profession for all.
Eligibility and Requirements
Each year, individuals from the fire and emergency services community can be nominated for the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. Candidates must have made an exemplary impact at the national level through one of the following:
- Leadership in promoting and supporting fire/emergency service and life safety issues.
- Advancing the readiness of the Fire/EMS services at any level of government (local, county, state, federal).
- Strengthening fire safety through the development of fire prevention programs.
- Acting as a catalyst to improve the fire service.
- A candidate can be employed by a state or local government agency, private organization, be self-employed, or serve in a voluntary capacity.
- Current federal government employees are not eligible; retired federal government employees are eligible. Those who directly as an individual or through their employer contract with the federal government are eligible (for example training, consulting, services, etc.).
- The actions or achievements for which the candidate is being considered must have a positive, significant impact at the national level in advancing the readiness of the fire and EMS services at any level of government (local, county, state, or federal). Candidates who have made an impact at the local and/or state level will only be considered as to the extent that their effort has impacted the fire service at a national level (for example: research and/or programs at the local/state level that have been widely accepted and adopted as "best practice" across the nation).
- A candidate must have a fire service or EMS background or have served a significant role in the fire and life safety community.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS IS
MARCH 1, 2016
The Selection Committee is composed of the CFSI Board of Directors and the Chairman of the CFSI National Advisory Committee. The award selection will be the sole decision of the committee.
The recipient of the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award will be honored at the 28th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner held on May 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the dinner. This includes airfare and hotel accommodations.