Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Receives Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Award

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Memphis, TN: At the 2010 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference, Deputy United States Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines was awarded the prestigious Metropolitan Fire Chiefs President’s Award of Distinction. The award was bestowed during the annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs President’s Award of Distinction is given to individuals deemed worthy of this award by the President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs section.

Glenn A. Gaines is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration (USFA). He began his tenure in March 2009 and is responsible for managing USFA and the programs and training activities at the National Emergency Training Center. Chief Gaines served with the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for the Department of Homeland Security from its inception in 2001 until 2009. He served as a principal architect and member of the senior staff for three of the primary grants managed by FEMA’s Grants Program Office, and was the Agency’s lead in developing the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program in 2005.

Chief Gaines began his fire service career as a volunteer member of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. During his illustrious 37 year career, he served in numerous capacities, including Fire Marshal, Chief Training Officer, and Chief of Operations, culminating in his appointment as Fire Chief from August 1991 until December 1998. He was in charge of the nationally recognized Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Urban Search and Rescue team that frequently deployed throughout the United States as well as internationally.

The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs) was organized in 1965. The purpose of the Metro Chiefs is to bring together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments in order to share information and experiences and to discuss issues that pertain to their departments. The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association is organized as a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and as a section of the National Fire Protection Association pursuant to and subject to the requirements and provisions of both organizations. The Association is limited to the chief of the department who is a member of boththe IAFC and the NFPA and whois thefire chief of cities or jurisdictions having a minimum staffed strength of 400 fully paid career fire fighters.