The Congressional Fire Services Institute's Board of Directors selected Marcine D. Goodloe of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association as the recipient of the 2012 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The presentation will take place at the 24th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 26th at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, DC.
Established in 1998 and co-sponsored by CFSI and Motorola Solutions, the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have been proactive at the local, state and federal government levels to improve and advance fire/emergency services and life safety issues. Representing a cross section of the fire and emergency services, previous recipients have included chiefs, instructors, career and volunteer leaders as well as public safety advocates.
Ms. Goodloe is being recognized for her 40 years of leadership in advancing the fire service agenda at the local and state levels in the state of Maryland. The first female ever elected as President of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, Ms. Goodloe is currently serving her ninth term as President. During her tenure as President, she has successfully negotiated a number of agreements between the association that represents 1,800 volunteers and the county government. In addition, she has advanced a number of key policies relating to training, physical standards, and drug and alcohol abuse testing.
Said Senator Ben Cardin in his letter of support, "I am pleased to offer this recommendation for a devoted public servant who, through her work in the fire, rescue, and emergency medical service, has dedicated her life to serving others, distinguishing herself as a true fire service leader."
On the state level, Mrs. Goodloe has been active, engaging elected officials on matters of policy and legislation. She chaired the Recruitment and Retention Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association and for her many years of service she was voted into the association's Hall of Fame in 2007.
"Marcine Goodloe's record of achievements embodies the legacy of Mason Lankford," said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. "For 40 years, she has made the fire service her passion, her mission and her journey. Much of her work has been done at the local level, yet her achievements have resonated well beyond the state of Maryland. She has been both a role model and a trailblazer, who has earned the respect and admiration of many government leaders at the local, state and federal levels. For this reason, the CFSI Board of Directors has selected her as the recipient of the 2012 Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award."
"Volunteer firefighting is one of our nation's oldest community services," said Karen Tandy, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Motorola Solutions. "Marcine Goodloe's longstanding dedication to the citizens of Montgomery County and the state of Maryland demonstrates the important role of first responders in times of emergency. Fire service members like Marcine are a powerful force multiplier, providing valuable support in the ongoing endeavor to protect our families and friends, and make our communities safer."