Awards and Nominations
Distinguished Service Award
To long standing members of FEPA upon their retirement.
Chad Reed - Emergency Management Professional of the Year Award
To any Emergency Management Professional who has distinguished themselves in the field of Emergency Management in the State of Florida.
Chad Reed became the youngest person appointed as a Florida County Emergency Management Director when asked to serve by Dixie County at the age of 24. Chad’s devotion to emergency service began early as he completed volunteer service and his EMT training in high school. By doing this, he could qualify for a paid position the January following his graduation.
Chad was an active member of the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, served on numerous Association Committees, served as FEPA Treasurer and was elected to serve as FEPA’s 2004 President. Tragically, Chad died in the line of duty in 2010 at the age of 33, while serving with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office.
In recognition of Chad’s dedication and service to emergency management, FEPA named its highest honor, the Emergency Management Professional of the Year Award, in Chad’s memory. The inaugural “Chad Reed Emergency Manager of the Year Award” was conferred by FEPA during the Association's 2011 Awards Ceremony.
Legislative Achievement Award
To a local, state or federal Legislator for outstanding leadership in sponsoring legislation which improves Emergency Management in the State of Florida.
To an individual or organization, from the volunteer sector that has contributed greatly to the efforts of Emergency Management.
To an individual or organization, from the private sector that has made a substantial contribution to Emergency Management.
To an individual or organization of the news media for outstanding efforts to educate and inform the public about Emergency Management.
Gary Arnold Award
To a group or individual for dedicated, unselfish and enthusiastic service to improving the Emergency Management Community.
Gary S. Arnold (WB2WPA) began his service in emergency management as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Collier County Emergency Management in March, 1998. After a 20 year career in radio and television, Gary brought his interest and experience in communications and technology working to upgrade communications and computer services critical in an emergency and developed Collier County's first mobile command and communication center vehicle.
Gary shared this expertise with the emergency management community at large through his involvement with the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, the Governor’s Hurricane Conference and serving on damage assessment teams following Hurricanes Gilbert, Hugo, and Andrew.
Gary passed away in May, 2001 after getting off shift supporting a wildfire operations; he was 50 years old.
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The 2021 FEPA Award Nomination cycle is open and accepting nominations.