The UK-AFI (formerly IAAI-UK) Peter Ganci Jr. Memorial Award

The UK-AFI Peter Ganci Jr. Memorial Award "Digging for the Truth", is awarded to an individual member of UK-AFI who has made an outstanding contribution to fire investigation. This can be a specific matter where the nominee has excelled in an individual achievement, where their wider contribution has led to an advancement or wider recognition of the subject of fire investigation anywhere in the world.
 
This award is not presented on an annual basis. It will only be awarded when a worthy recipient has been nominated and the Awards Committee has unanimously determined that this prestigious award can be made. 

Peter J. Ganci Jr.

Peter Ganci Jr.‚ was the Chief of Department‚ FDNY‚ the highest ranking uniformed officer. Chief Ganci died at the World Trade Centre in 2001 while performing his duties. He was appointed to the FDNY on September 14‚ 1968. He was awarded the B.C. Frank Tuttlemondo medal in 1982 for performing an act of bravery and courage when he rescued a child from a burning apartment that was heavily engulfed in smoke‚ heat and fire.

It was this same determination that Chief Ganci‚ on September 11th as the Chief of Department‚ led and directed the most successful rescue operation of the modern era. Over 30‚000 people were saved because of Chief Ganci and his fellow firefighters.

His career achievements included Captain‚ 1983; Battalion Chief‚ 1987; Deputy Chief 1993; Deputy Assistant Chief in charge of Bureau of Fire Investigation‚ 1994; Assistant Chief of Operations‚ 1996; Chief of operations 1997-99; Acting Chief of Department‚ 1998-99; and Chief of Department‚ October 1999 to September 11‚ 2001.

One of our members: John Williamson was a close friend of Chief Ganci and following September 11th attacks, John established the Pete J Ganci Jr Memorial with the assistance of the Forum of Arson Investigators; the award was originally sponsored by Dr J H Burgoyne & Partners LLP. It was first awarded in 2003.

Recipients of the UK-AFI Peter Gansi Jr. Memorial Award.

Anthony (Tony) Harland - 2022

The UK-AFI Peter Ganci Memorial Award was awarded to Anthony (Tony) Harland for his hard work, tenacity, support to others and dedication to fire investigation.  Tony Harland joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in 1995 after serving as a Royal Air Force firefighter. He went on to progress through the ranks to Watch Manager before being posted to the Home Safety department. Tony joined the Incident Investigation Team in May 2010 as a whole time investigator and in April 2019 was prompted to Station Manager due to his partnership work with Merseyside Police,  other agencies and sharing information and work together to reduce deliberate fire setting. Within his 11 years of Fire Investigation, Tony has attended over 2000 tier two incidents, plus more than 30 fatal fires which include:

Jamie Novak - 2018

The UK-AFI Peter Ganci Memorial Award was awarded to Jamie Novak (posthumously) for his incredible contribution to training fire investigators.  Jamie began his fire service in 1979 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota holding fire investigation roles within the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office and the St. Paul Fire Department. During his career Jamie  conducted numerous live burns and explosions in his everlasting quest to discover and uncover the science involved in defining the origin and cause of fires and/or explosions. Jamie travelled extensively throughout the world conducting training exercises and sharing his knowledge in the classroom and in the field in the areas of fire/explosion investigations and techniques. 

Niamh Nic Daéid -2016

Professor Niamh Nic Daéid (Professor of Forensic Science and Director of Research at the University of Dundee). The UK-AFI Peter Ganci Jr. Memorial Award was awarded to Niamh for her dedication and commitment to improving the fire investigation profession in the UK. In particular, for planning and running the “Building safer communities: Developing coordinated approaches to investigating and preventing fires” workshops 2011-2012 which included both UK and International speakers; and for her hard work and dedication as Chair of the working party responsible for producing the ‘Fire Investigation Code of Practice’, at the request of the Forensic Regulator, which has become known as the ‘Protocol’.

Peter Sandel - 2015

Peter Sandel spent 35 years in the British Fire Service, the last 20 years of his career as a full time Fire Investigator with The West Midlands Fire Service and then with Devon Fire and Rescue Service, retiring in 2005 he continued investigating fires in the private sector. The Peter Ganci Jr. Memorial Award was awarded to Peter in 2015 in recognition of his work in delivering training fire investigation in Colombia, South America. This first started back in 2003 when he visited Colombia as a member of a support team from Devon Fire and Rescue Service. Since 2003 Peter returned to Colombia on many occasions meeting the local firefighters and with the help of interpreters running First Responder FI courses for them. All of the work was carried out on a voluntary basis; the hosts just cover expenses. Peter is very proud to have trained over 200 firefighters in the scientific method of FI and encouraged them to advance by becoming members of the Latin American branch of the IAAI and undertake progressive training.

Mick Gardiner - 2009

Mick Gardiner spent 27 years in the British fire service with the last 11 years of his career as a Fire Investigation Officer. Mick launched Gardiner Associates Training and Research in 1996, providing inter-agency fire investigation training to police and fire authorities. Mick was awarded the Peter Ganci Jr. Memorial Award in 2009 for his contribution to the development of fire investigation. Authoring FM Global’s ‘Guide to Fire & Arson Investigation’, contributing to design and development of UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) and many other national and international initiatives and ongoing work delivering training to fire investigators.

Nick Carey - 2003

In 2003, Nick Carey was a full time Fire Investigation Officer within London Fire Brigade. Nick was awarded the Peter Ganci Jr. Memorial Award in 2003 for his contribution to the professional development of fire investigation within LFB and for his work training other investigators in electrical fires.

 

Nomination Process

Please note that previous recipients may not be re-nominated.

To nominate an individual for this award you must submit:


The name and contact details of the nominee
The name and contact details of the Proposer (for verification)
The name and contact details of the Seconder (for verification)

The proposal must be supported with a 300 word submission (no photographs) of the nominees achievement or contribution relating to fire investigation and a short summary of approximately 100 words that will be read out during the presentation of the award.

Should you require further details please email [email protected]

 

 

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