Fire/EMS Deputy Chief position that provides effective leadership, strategic direction and coordination to meet the mission of the fire department and Arlington County.
Results-oriented, strategic, experienced, and award winning professional with more than 24 years in the fire service. Talented Special Operations Chief with a strong background in program/project management, managing simple and complex incidents, interfacing and building long lasting relationships with internal and external agencies, grant procurement and management, problem solving, development of policy and procedure to meet local, state, and federal regulations, managing a geographic area within the organization, assessing community risk, and exceptional customer service.
The Fire/EMS Battalion Chief assigned to Special Operations is an upper level management position that is responsible for providing strategic direction and coordination to several programs within the Fire Department. These programs are: Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Swift Water, Emergency Support Function (ESF) 4, 9, and 10, NIMS/ ICS compliance, and Special Events. The position requires that clear direction, guidance and supervision be delivered to the Program Managers and the staff that support the operations of the programs to ensure they operate at an enterprise level. The position requires that programs are monitored and evaluated to ensure that they have the capacity to address present and emerging threats. A strong knowledge of the fire service is required to ensure appropriate decisions are made about the potential acquisition of new or emerging technology and software. A firm understanding of the capabilities of other agencies is required to ensure that polices, technology, etc do not interfere or contradict the ability of other agencies to perform their roles, functions, or duties. A strong knowledge of budget and purchasing processes is essential.
The Special Operations Chief must possess a strong knowledge of local, state and federal regulation and policy. This ensures that the policies and procedures that are in place or developed meet the expectation of the governing body and are interpreted as intended. Response to simple and complex incidents requires a strong knowledge base and the ability to interface with other agencies is critical. The knowledge base of the Special Operations Chief is often sought out to provide input on a variety of incidents, committees, workgroups, and workforce. The ability to develop and deliver presentations to variety of audiences is vital. Effective written and oral communication are essential tools in this position. The position often interfaces with County agencies such as: Public Health, Police Department, Sheriffs Department, Department of Environmental Service, Department of Technology Services, Department of Management and Finance, Office of Emergency Management, and Parks and Recreation. The position also interacts with a multitude of external individuals, organizations, vendors, local, state and federal agencies. These include: Arlington County residents, business owners, visitors, civic associations, community organizations, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Virginia Department of Transportation, United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation – WMD Division, National Capital Region Public Safety Organizations (Police, Fire, OEM and Sheriff departments), Council of Governments, Regional Hospital Alliance, Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS), all branches of the United States Armed Forces, Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA), National Park Service, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Washington Gas,etc.
2011 Arlington County Chamber of Commerce Meritorious Service Award
2007 Northern Virginia Community College Public Service Award
2006 Life Saving Award - Arlington County Fire Department
2003 Life Saving Award - Arlington County Chamber of Commerce
1999 Firefighter/EMT of the Year - Arlington County Jaycees
National Incident Management System ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 - FEMA
Leadership II - National Fire Academy
Strategies and Tactics for the Initial Company Officer (Train the Trainer) - FEMA
Incident Safety Officer - National Fire Academy
Health and Safety Officer - National Fire Academy
Heavy Tactical Rescue Technician - Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Hazardous Materials Technician - Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Instructor II - Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Rescue Challenge Planning Committee, Lead organizer and Incident Commander 2013
Council of Governments Technical Rescue Subcommittee, 2010 - Current
Northern Virginia Fire Operations Board, 2009 - Current
Lead contact for ESF's 4, 9 and 10, 2010 - Current
Arlington County Local Emergency Planning Committee 2011 - Current
Arlington County MMRS Workgroup, 2010 - Current
Capital Shield Planning Workgroup, 2010 - Current
Gallant Fox Exercise Planning, 2010 - Current
Preventive Radiological Nuclear Devices (PRND) Workgroup, 2011 - Current
Arlington County Fire Department - Emerging Threats Workgroup, 2012 - Current
Subject Matter Expert for Promotional Examinations (Lieutenant, Captain I, and Captain II), 2009 - 2012
Arlington County Special Events Committee, 2010 - Current
Arlington County Responder Health and Safety Workgroup, 2010 - 2011
Member of a workgroup that worked with Delta Group Inc. to identify gaps in Arlington County's Explosive/Mass Trauma Annex. Subsequent work done to close those gaps identified. 2010 - 2011
Class of 2011 Leadership Arlington
Member, Virginia Hazardous Materials Specialist Association
Vice President, Waynesboro Area School District, 2001 - 2009
Board of Directors, Waynesboro Beneficial Association, 2001 - 2009
Member, Waynesboro Area Tax Authority, 2001 - 2009
Board of Directors, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 2007 - 2009
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