Retired Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue Chiefs Kevin McGee and Mary Beth Michos were recently honored at the annual Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference held, this year, in Edmonton, Canada.
Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year
Chief Kevin McGee was awarded the Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year. Chief McGee rose through the ranks of the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue becoming Chief, in 2007, until his retirement this past May, having served the Department and residents of Prince William County for 39 years.
Chief McGee was presented this prestigious award for the development and implementation of key initiatives that paved a successful path for the Department in becoming an industry leader in incident management, fire ground strategy and tactics, firefighter safety, training, Emergency Medical Services, and wellness and behavioral health.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Chief Mary Beth Michos was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Chief Michos became Chief of the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue in 1994. She was the first female to become a "Metro" fire chief and successfully lead the Department during her tenure. Upon retirement, in 2007, Chief Michos began working with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); she continues today as a Program Subject Matter Expert.
Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs (Metro) Association brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Its members belong to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are the fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 350 fully paid career fire fighters.