Keith Johnson has been selected as the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System Chief, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced Wednesday. Johnson has been serving as acting chief of the system since February 2018, following the retirement of W. Keith Brower.
Johnson began his service with Loudoun County in 2014 as Assistant Chief of Operations, shortly after the formation of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, which consists of nearly 700 full-time employees and about 900 administrative and operational volunteer personnel.
As Assistant Chief of Operations, Johnson was primarily responsible for the oversight and management of fire, rescue, EMS and special operations, and worked closely with career and volunteer personnel.
“As assistant chief, Keith has played a key role in the success of our combined system and I am confident he will do an excellent job as the new chief,” said Hemstreet, who added that Johnson’s selection came after a nationwide recruitment effort which attracted a strong pool of candidates.
Johnson is a fourth generation firefighter who began his fire service career in 1982 as a volunteer in New York state. In 1983, he graduated from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Training Academy and served in the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department in a variety of positions for 30 years, including as Deputy Chief. Johnson was also a member of the renowned Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team and is the former Fairfax County Task Force Leader of the National Medical Response Team.
In addition to a number of professional certifications, Johnson holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Administration from Northern Virginia Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, from the University of Maryland University College, and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies, Homeland Security, and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School. Johnson also serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.
Information about the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and the Department of Fire and Rescue is online at www.loudoun.gov/fire.
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