Nominations open on October 15, 2019 and close on December 16, 2019

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.

The 2019 CFAI Ray Picard Award went to Captain Mike Hall (FO-2012) of the Olathe Fire Department, Kansas. The award recognizes leadership and outstanding contribution to the CFAI and the fire and emergency services, and Captain Hall exemplifies these qualities. He is a strong proponent within the accreditation community, his organization and his community. He has served as an accreditation manager, peer assessor, consortium vice chair, fire officer designee, volunteer on CPSE improvement processes and as an Excellence Conference presenter. He is committed to this work and sees the value for his own professional development, his agency, and the entire fire service.

Previous Recipients

2018 – Brad Brown, FO 2009 – Mark Puknaitis, CFO
2017 – Rob Ugaste, CFO 2008 – No Award
2016 – No Award 2007 – Gary Tokle
2015 – Brian Dean, CFO 2006 – Gary Curmode, CFO
2014 – Ernst Piercy, CFO 2005 – Dennis Gage
2013 – Cliff Jones, CFO 2004 – Ronny Coleman, CFO
2012 – Barry McKinnon 2003 – Ray Flowers
2011 – Mike Brown 2002 – Martel Thompson
2010 – Ken Helgerson 2001 – Bill Killen, CFO and Randy Bruegman, CFO