Submit Your Nomination Today for IAFC Fire Chief of the Year

The IAFC is accepting nominations for IAFC Fire Chief of the Year now through May 20. 

This high honor recognizes one career and one volunteer fire chief for their leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, public service and contributions as a whole to the fire service. Nominations will be accepted through the online nomination form from any division, section or member of the IAFC. In addition, nominations will be accepted from members of any state association of fire chiefs and other designated fire service organizations. For a complete list of authorized nominating organizations and other award criteria information, visit the IAFC's Fire Chief of the Year webpage.

All of a nominee's fire service activities and accomplishments will be considered. Special emphasis will be placed on the period from 2015 through 2017. 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.

For the purposes of this program, a 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. A career fire chief is defined as one who earns their principal livelihood as a fire chief.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 7 and honored on Thursday, August 9 during the general session at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas, Texas.

The IAFC presents the Fire Chief of the Year award in proud partnership with Pierce Manufacturing. The program’s media partner is

View past Fire Chief of the Year winners.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

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