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NVFC's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to John McAuliffe

Published on 1 June 2010
Chief John McAuliffe accepts the NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award
John McAuliffe truly exemplifies outstanding lifetime achievement in the fire and emergency services

Chief John McAuliffe was awarded the NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award during the NVFC Spring Board Meeting on April 30 in Alexandria, VA. With over fifty years in the fire service and an abundance of leadership roles and accomplishments to his credit, McAuliffe truly exemplifies outstanding lifetime achievement in the fire and emergency services. McAuliffe joined the Wethersfield (CT) Volunteer Fire Department in 1958 and rose through the ranks to become Chief for six years before retiring in 1996. In spite of his retirement, he continues to serve his department and the entire fire service community.

"One of my favorite reasons to be appreciative of John McAuliffe is that he's acted as our 'Director of International Relations," said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg during the award ceremony. "He has been instrumental in making and building international connections for the U.S. fire service, and he continues this work even in his retirement."

Chief McAuliffe has been active in the fire service at the state and national levels for over three decades. He joined the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) 30 years ago and served as President of the organization in 1983. He has also been Chairman or Vice Chair of the CSFA Fallen Firefighter, Strategic Planning, Pension, License Plate, and Legislative Committees. Through his work on the Legislative Committee, McAuliffe was integral in the passing of state legislation that bans municipalities from restricting career firefighters from volunteering in the communities in which they live.

Chief McAuliffe has been active in the fire service at the state and national levels for over three decades

As an NVFC Board Member from 1982-2009, Chief McAuliffe served as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Disaster Relief Committees. He has also held leadership roles in the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, the City of Hartford Terrorism Committee, and the Connecticut Firefighters Irregulars Association and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Firemen's Association of the State of New York, and the America Legion. McAuliffe has received the IAFC Fire Service Award for Excellence, a citation for bravery from the CSFA, and was inducted as member of the Connecticut State Firefighters Hall of Fame. From 1958-1964, McAuliffe served in the U.S. Army Reserves and has received the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award, the Wethersfield (CT) Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, and was the United States Army Regimental Soldier of the Year.

"Scott Health & Safety is proud to sponsor this prestigious award," said Mike Ryan, Vice President and General Manager of Scott. " Chief McAuliffe epitomizes what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. Over the course of a lengthy and distinguished career as a firefighter, fire chief and public safety advocate, he has demonstrated great leadership and has earned immense respect from his peers." In his hometown, McAuliffe has been recognized as Irishman of the Year by the United Irish Societies and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and was the grand marshal of the greater Hartford (CT) St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2004. He has been a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief assistance employee since 1999.

The NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Scott Health and Safety. A business unit of Tyco International, Scott Health and Safety is a premiere manufacturer of innovative respiratory and other personal protective equipment and safety devices for fire and rescue services, industrial workers, police, military and civil defense organizations around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott Health & Safety produces products that protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards including smoke, toxic fumes, combustible gases, falling objects, and flame contaminants. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas and flame detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, air compressors, accountability systems, head, eye and face protection, and firefighter and personal protective clothing. 

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