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Posted on: March 22, 2018

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Honors Retiring Fire Chief Keith Brower

Photo of ceremonial resolution presentation
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has honored Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System Chief W. Keith Brower with a resolution of appreciation ahead of his upcoming retirement. The resolution adopted at the Board’s March 22, 2018, business meeting highlights Brower’s “44 years of dedicated service to the residents of Loudoun County,” and his “passion for fire prevention,” which has identified him as a “leader in life safety advocacy” at the local, state and national level.

Brower, who is retiring effective April 1, 2018, has worked for Loudoun County since 1984 when he became Chief Fire Marshal. He also served as acting head of the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management in 1987 and 1994. He was selected as Chief of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management in 2010, becoming chief of the Combined Fire and Rescue System in 2014. Brower began his career as a firefighter in 1973 as a member of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department. 

Brower has received a number of awards during his career; the most recent being the 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Award for Career Fire Chief of the year presented by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. 

Assistant Chief Keith Johnson, who began his service in Loudoun in December 2014, has been named acting chief of the Combined Fire and Rescue System while the county conducts a nationwide search for a new system chief. The new chief will oversee the combined career and volunteer system which consists of nearly 700 full-time employees and about 900 active administrative and operational volunteer personnel.

More information about the Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Department of Fire and Rescue is online at

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