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Gordon Graham Receives FSTI’s 2018 Howard W. Rayon Distinguished Service Award

The Fire Services Training Institute is pleased to announce that Gordon Graham has been awarded the 2018 Howard W. Rayon Distinguished Service Award for his distinguished service, commitment and dedication in the highest honor of the American fire service and the public safety community.

As a noted author and lecturer on leadership and risk management, Gordon Graham is famous for his “Significant emotional events,” “If you can think of it, it can happen” and “High risk, low frequency and no time to think” lectures.” Coupled with a 33 year career in law enforcement, his education as a risk manager and practicing California attorney, Gordon Graham is internationally recognition as a leading professional in both public and private sector organizational risk management.

In addition to his extensive writing and lecture series, he developed FireFighterNearMiss.com safety site and FireFighterCloseCalls.com, “the source” for information regarding firefighter safety. Uniting facts, experience and humor together, Gordon Graham has a unique and very successful way of conveying vitally important information.

The first FSTI Distinguished Service Award was presented during opening ceremonies of the 2009 California State Firefighters’ Association 87th Annual Conference in Sacramento to Chief Howard W. Rayon. A resolution was then presented naming the award in honor of his tremendous contributions, leadership, lifetime of achievements and dedication to the fire service. Howard was a significant influence in the development of FSTI and served as corporate secretary until his death on 19 October 2009.

The first recipient of the award was Chief Paul Stein. Other recipients include Ronny J. Coleman in (2011), Bill Vandevort (2012) Thomas Forster (2013), Michael T. Metro (2014), Dr. Denis Onieal (2016) and Randy Bruegman (2017).

The award will be presented on September 7th 2019 during a private ceremony in Sacramento.

*UPDATE – Here are some photos of the award ceremony:


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