Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2013 Lead by Example Award Spotlight - Anthony Escobar

(Assistant Fire Chief Brian Fennessy, San-Diego Fire-Rescue Department; LBE Recipient Anthony Escobar; Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez)

Anthony Escobar
Chief (retired 2012), Los Padres National Forest
Honored for Mentoring and Teamwork

Anthony Escobar has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2012 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

The award was created by the NWCG Leadership Committee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career spanning five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. Your work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of mentoring and teamwork.

Anthony was recognized for 37 years of service and numerous contributions he has made to the wildland fire service through his leadership and mentoring. Anthony's legacy includes formation and leadership of the Kern Valley Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) for 17 years, a 20-year commitment to the California IHC Steering Committee, authoring such documents as “Support and Concern,” assembling an all-superintendent S-230 cadre for the Apprenticeship Academy, sought after instructor and public speaker, and most notably his vision and leadership of the Bakersfield Fire Innovation Conference.

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