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Patrick Morrison receives CFSI Fire Service leadership award

February 27, 2024

Patrick Morrison honored with fire service leadership award

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Motorola Solutions have named Patrick Morrison as the winner of the 2024 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award.

This prestigious accolade will be bestowed upon Morrison during the 34th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner scheduled for April 29.

Morrison, who is currently the Chief of Field Services at the International Association of Fire Fighters, began his distinguished career in 1982 with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

His enduring commitment to the health and wellness of firefighters and emergency medical personnel has been a hallmark of his career.

Among his notable achievements is the founding of the Fairfax County Public Safety Occupation Health Center in 1997, which offers comprehensive health services to firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

Additionally, Morrison has been instrumental in the IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor-Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative and has spearheaded the development of programs addressing behavioral health challenges faced by firefighters.

A dedication to firefighter health and safety

CFSI President Jim Estepp praised Morrison’s contributions: “Pat Morrison was cut out of the same cloth as Mason Lankford and the previous recipients of this award.

His work has profoundly impacted all firefighters, bringing greater awareness to the health and safety risks associated with the job while reducing these risks to make a dangerous job safer for all firefighters.

Anyone with the good fortune of working with Pat appreciates what he has meant to our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.”

Mike Leonard, Vice President of Motorola Solutions Sales and Services, also commended Morrison: “On behalf of Motorola Solutions, I congratulate Pat Morrison for receiving the 2024 Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award.

“Through our involvement on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors, I have developed a greater appreciation for Pat’s commitment and dedication to our nation’s firefighters.

“His concern for their health and safety is reflected in the work he has performed throughout his career.”

FSJA Comment

Patrick Morrison’s recognition with the 2024 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award underscores the critical importance of leadership within the fire service community.

Morrison’s decades-long commitment to improving the health and safety of firefighters reflects a deep understanding of the unique challenges they face.

His efforts to establish and enhance health programs, promote wellness, and address behavioral health challenges have set a standard for leadership and advocacy in the fire service.

As the fire service community continues to confront an array of complex challenges, the role of experienced and compassionate leaders like Morrison remains indispensable.

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