Darley announces winners 2023 fire service essay competition

October 3, 2023
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Darley’s annual essay contest highlights the need for recruitment and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fire service

Darley has unveiled the winners of its “2023 Thought Leadership Essay Competition”, which placed a spotlight on recruitment, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the fire service.

The announcement came after the competition garnered 85 entries.

Evidently, fire service professionals are keen to foster this crucial conversation.

Inviting innovative ideas from the fire service community

The competition provided an opportunity for individuals of all ranks and roles within the fire service to share their transformative ideas.

It was a peer-reviewed initiative aimed at highlighting courage and forward-thinking.

The panel of judges for this year’s competition consisted of a diverse group, representing various genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Notable 2023 judges included individuals such as Chief Trisha Wolford from Anne Arundel County FD (MD) and Anthony James, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal from Pasadena Fire Department (CA), among others.

2023 Darley Essay competition winners announced

This year’s competition winners were:

  • 1st place: Dr. Lindsay Judah, DPA, CFO, CTO (FL)
  • 2nd place: Peter Finkle, New Vernon Volunteer FD (NJ)
  • 3rd place: Weston Davis, City of El Campo (TX).

In addition to the recognition, winners will receive monetary prizes and will be featured on various platforms including the Inside Darley video series, In Service Darley podcast, Darley Times, and other Darley network channels.

The competition recognizes the winners and offers them a chance for career advancements and to drive significant change within the fire service sector.

Those interested in reading the winning essays and staying updated on next year’s competition can visit www.darley.com/essay-competition.

FSJA Comment

The fire service, like many professions, benefits from diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Darley’s Thought Leadership Essay Competition offers a meaningful platform for professionals to discuss and highlight the importance of recruitment, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fire service.

The response to this competition underscores its value in fostering constructive dialogue.

By celebrating innovative ideas and providing avenues for recognition and advancement, Darley is paving the way for a more inclusive future in the fire service sector.

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