Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2013 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award Winners - Palomar IHC

Palomar Interagency Hotshot Crew
(Photo Credit: Brian Rhodes)
Palomar Interagency Hotshot Crew
Palomar Ranger District
Cleveland National Forest
Honored for Initiative and Innovation

The Palomar Interagency Hotshot Crew has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2013 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals and one group 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. Jim’s work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of initiative and innovation.

Palomar IHC’s open and transparent efforts to support leadership development are exemplary and commendable. Efforts such as their crew website and 2012 “Leadership is Action” video provide an example of what right looks like and can be easily implemented by any crew or organization in the nation.

Palomar IHC’s leadership development program supports the WFLDP’s mission “to promote cultural change in the workforce and to emphasize the vital importance of leadership concepts in the wildland fire service by providing educational and leadership development opportunities.” Additionally, their leadership development supports the program’s focus on “non-traditional leadership development opportunities that allow individuals to strive for a higher performance level as a leader through self-directed continuous learning.”

Congratulations, Palomar IHC, on your accomplishments. You have provided an example for others to follow.

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