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Important dates: 
Nominations for the Fire Chief of the Year Awards closes Monday, August 12, 2019
Applicants/ nominators will be notified of the decision by Friday, August 30, 2019
Awards will be presented at the CAFC 2019 Awards Gala on Monday, September 16, 2019



Fire Underwriters Survey & the CAFC present

Fire Chief of The Year Awards 2019



For Application process and eligibility please see below.


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Sponsored by: Fire Underwriters Society and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Submission Deadline: August 12. 2019


Every year, the CAFC and the Fire Underwriters Survey recognize the men and women who promote the Fire Service across Canada by awarding the Fire Chief of the Year award at our annual conference.  


One award presented to one volunteer fire chief and another to a full-time career fire chief.   The winners receive a plaque or a similar token of recognition as well as having a monetary award contributed in their name to further programs of their choosing in their community.  


The Awards are presented at Fire Rescue Canada


Fire Chief of the Year Awards 2019

For 2019, CAFC and FUS adjusted the application process to make it easier for applicants and clearer for adjudicators. 


 What changes are have been made to the application process?


The application has been shortened, simplified and differentiates baseline information from the items that will be adjudicated.


Below is a description of what is requested in each section. 


(1) Baseline section:

·      The name of the candidate

·      That he or she is the fire chief of the department

·      Length of tenure in years of service in the role

·      Whether he or she is a volunteer or career Chief – i.e. is the chief a paid chief

·      Is the department a volunteer, career or composite Department  

·      What is the description of the community served

·      Is he or she a member of the CAFC

·      Name of department

·      Consent for CAFC and FUS to advise the nominee that he or she has been nominated

We would also like to know, via the names of three references or a letter of support if:

·      There is evidence of support from the people he or she supervises and leads

·      There is evidence of support of council or the municipality he or she serves



(2) Adjudicated section:  In the adjudicated section, we are looking for attributes and accomplishments that go above and beyond the expected job description for a fire chief.

This will be ascertained through the following:


·      What theme(s) would summarize the reason(s) for which the individual is being nominated?

o          Impact

o          Innovation

o          Inspiration

o          Transformation

o          Mentorship/education

o          Public Safety Contribution

o          Resource Management/Fundraising

o          Partnership/Coalition Development

o          Event or series of events

o          Length of tenure and what happened in that tenure

o          Recruitment and retention of volunteers

o          Diversity and inclusion in department

o          Precedent setting

o          Excellence in labour relations

o          Contributions to health and wellness

o          International/National/provincial/regional impact/contribution

o          Other: Specify


Eligibility and Nominations



Individuals who are eligible for nomination and selection for Awards of Excellence must be active Chiefs in full time career or volunteer positions with the fire services in Canada. One from each category will be chosen.


Nomination and Selection

Nominations will only be accepted online.

Nominations must include a clear and succinct narrative description of the candidate's achievements or contributions.
An independent panel of judges, drawn from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Fire Underwriters Survey will adjudicate the nominations.



Awards are officially announced immediately prior to and presented at Fire- Rescue Canada Conference each year.

Award Criteria

Two awards will be presented each year to one volunteer Fire Chief and one full time career Fire Chief.


The candidates chosen for the Fire Chief of the Year Awards will be presented with an appropriate plaque or suitable object of recognition designed and presented by Fire Underwriters Survey at Fire-Rescue Canada Conference.

A $500 monetary award will be made to each of the two awardees.





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