Flagstaff Fire Chief Receives Chief Bob Weber Lifetime Achievement Award

July 26th, 2016 at 8:14 PM

City of Flagstaff Fire Chief Mark Gaillard accepted the 2016 Chief Bob Weber Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA) leadership conference on July 12, 2016. The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to Arizona Fire Service.

Gaillard served as president of the Associated Firefighters of Arizona, was on the Arizona State Fire Safety Committee from 2005 to 2007 and has been a member of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association since 1986. Gaillard was the Fire Chief in Goodyear from 1986 to 2013, before taking the position as Flagstaff Fire Chief in 2013.


In his short time with the Flagstaff Fire Department, Chief Gaillard has been the lead proponent for a regional approach to emergency response and fire/medical training with surrounding agencies.  In addition to his duties as Fire Chief of the Flagstaff Fire Department, he has taken on chief oversight and responsibilities for the Summit Fire Department.

Gaillard strives to assist in the development of new fire chiefs. For example, Gaillard created the “Fire Chiefs Seminar” which is still utilized to this day.  He also co-wrote The Philosophy and Principles for Professional, Honorable and Respectful Labor-Management Relations in the Arizona Fire Service to help guide fire chiefs through labor and management issues.

Gaillard stated, “I am very humbled and grateful to receive this recognition. It’s a great honor to be selected by my peers for an award that has recognized so many of my mentors.” Deputy City Manager Shane Dille added “Congratulations Chief Gaillard! You do us all proud!”

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