In 2000, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) established the Ray Picard Award. We designed this annual award to recognize Chief Ray Picard’s vision in pioneering quality improvement for the fire and emergency service. Chief Picard was one of the earliest champions of the self-assessment and accreditation process that has led to a culture and paradigm shift within the fire service.
This annual award will be presented to an individual who exemplifies the ability, character, dedication, leadership, and visionary attributes Chief Picard exhibited. The individual should personify Chief Picard’s contributions and exceptional leadership to the CFAI and the accreditation of fire service organizations.
Chief Thomas Thompson, CFO
2020 CFAI Ray Picard Award
The 2020 CFAI Ray Picard Award goes to Thomas C. Thompson, CFO, Fire Chief (Retired), Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Services, Camp Pendleton, California. The award recognizes leadership and outstanding contribution to the CFAI and the fire and emergency services, and Chief Thompson exemplifies these qualities. Chief Thompson has communicated the value of the accreditation process and self-assessment to every fire officer he encounters. He lives and breathes process improvement and advocates excellence throughout the fire service. He has volunteered countless hours traveling to agencies throughout southern California and the Department of Defense to teach and encourage others to make a commitment and embark on the accreditation journey. Chief Thompson successfully led two departments to accredited status. Chief Thompson has been involved with the CPSE and CFAI for over twenty years. Most recently he served as the DoD representative on the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and currently serves as a CFAI peer assessor. Congratulations to Chief Thompson!
|2019 – Mike Hall, FO||2009 – Mark Puknaitis, CFO|
|2018 – Brad Brown, FO||2008 – No Award|
|2017 – Rob Ugaste, CFO||2007 – Gary Tokle|
|2016 – No Award||2006 – Gary Curmode, CFO|
|2015 – Brian Dean, CFO||2005 – Dennis Gage|
|2014 – Ernst Piercy, CFO||2004 – Ronny Coleman, CFO|
|2013 – Cliff Jones, CFO||2003 – Ray Flowers|
|2012 – Barry McKinnon||2002 – Martel Thompson|
|2011 – Mike Brown||2001 – Bill Killen, CFO and Randy Bruegman, CFO|
|2010 – Ken Helgerson|