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.

Learn about other CPSE awards or contact CPSE if you have any questions.

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!

Previous Recipients

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