Internal PGFD Memo - In Search of - Fire Rescue Magazine’s “Company Officer Award of the Year”

                                 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND

December 16, 2013

TO:        All Sworn, Civilian, and Volunteer Personnel Memo                        
FROM:   Marc S. Bashoor   original signed by
               Fire Chief
RE:    Fire Rescue Magazine’s “Company Officer Award of the Year” (AMENDED)

        Each year, Fire Rescue Magazine demonstrates its commitment to company officer development and recognition through the “Company Officer of the Year Award” that is sponsored by the American Military University—Serve, Learn, Lead.  The award honors company officers with excellent leadership skills, tactical knowledge, and community involvement.  The award is open to both sworn and volunteer members who are active lieutenants, captains, first-line supervisors, and company officers.    

        The recipient of the Company Officer of the Year Award will receive airfare, hotel and registration for FDIC, and a $1,000 cash award.  Additionally, they will also receive a scholarship that covers the cost of the Center for Public Safety Excellence Fire Officer credentialing and designation program.  Liberty Art Works will donate the physical award, the Speaking Trumpet, which is an important symbol of authority within the fire service. 

        Listed below are the “Nomination Criterions.”  Share how your nominee excels in following areas, limiting each response to 350 words.  After responding to the six criterions, you are welcome to add any other information you like about you nominee.  You may also include quotes from others if you wish, but it is not necessary. 
Nomination Criterions:

1.     Leadership – what makes the nominee an exemplary leader, and how are they regarded within the department?

2.     Training – how often does the nominee train with their crew, and how do they reinforce the importance of training/fitness for firefighter preparedness?

3.     Incident Command Effectiveness – provide an example of how the nominee demonstrated command presence at a specific incident.

4.     Commitment to Safety – how has the nominee made their crew safer, and what do they do to support a safety culture at the department?

5.     Interpersonal Communication – how effective is the nominee in communicating with firefighters, chief officers, members of the public and city/government officials?

6.     Community Involvement – what organizations and/or community activities is the nominee involved in?

        Additionally, be sure your submission contains contact information (phone number and email address) for you and the nominee’s direct supervisor.  The nominee’s information should include their name, rank, department, phone number, and email address.  

        To be considered for nomination of this prestigious award, you will need to provide documentation pertinent to the aforementioned criterions to Ms. Diane Cunningham in the Public Information office.  Station personnel are also invited submit their company officer for consideration as a nominee.  Submissions may be hand delivered or forwarded via email to 

        Please be advised that all submissions for nominees in consideration of this award are due in the Public Information by the close of business on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  If you have questions or require additional assistance, Ms. Cunningham may be reached at 301-883-5222.