The Lead by Example Award is based on three categories: motivation and vision; mentoring and teamwork; and innovation or initiative. Individuals and groups from federal, state, local and tribal agencies are eligible for the award.
The annual award was created to honor Paul Gleason, a wildland firefighter whose career spanned several decades. Gleason is best known for developing the LCES (Lookout, Communication, Escape Routes, Safety Zones) concept that became the foundation of wildland firefighter safety. The awards highlight Gleason’s influence on and contribution to wildland fire management, while honoring those who demonstrate the spirit of leadership for which he was known.
- Jim Shultz, National Park Service - Mentoring and Teamwork
- Chad Fisher, National Park Service - Motivation and Vision
- Dr. Carl Seielstad, Local/University of Montana - Initiative and Innovation
- Palomar Interagency Hotshots, U.S. Forest Service - Initiative and Innovation