Author Awarded the Maltese Award

The 39th Annual Spirit of Courage Awards Banquet was held on May 26, 2011 in La Jolla, California.  This year, Sean Scott was selected as the recipient of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association Maltese Award, in honor of The Red Guide to Recovery.

Maltese Award 2011-Sean Scott and August Ghio

Sean Scott & San Diego County Fire Chiefs' Association President, August Ghio

“The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection, and it means that the firefighters who wear this cross are willing to lay down their lives for the protection of others.  The story of the Maltese cross is hundreds of years old and began on the small island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.  The original firefighters were a band of courageous crusaders known as the Knights of St. John.  These brave individuals were awarded the cross, as a badge of honor, by fellow crusaders because they risked their own lives in an effort to save the lives of other crusaders.

The San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association Maltese Award was established in 2006 to recognize outstanding individuals who embody that spirit.  This year we are proud to present Sean Scott of The Red Guide to Recovery – a comprehensive disaster resource guide designed to inform and streamline the recovery process for citizens and businesses alike.

After the devastating fires of 2007, Scott had a vision to improve the information pipeline for those facing the loss of their homes and property.  Scott partnered with The San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Burn Institute, San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, County Board of Supervisors, and the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross to design, develop, fund and publish this important guide.

In these times of declining local revenues, reduced levels of emergency services and an ever-increasing demand for service, The Red Guide to Recovery provides an essential recovery resource to our citizens that otherwise would not be available.”

August Ghio -President, San Diego Fire Chiefs’ Association