Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are pleased to announce that Assistant Chief of Support Services and Volunteer Administration Travis Preau has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).
Assistant Chief Preau has worked for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue since May of 2021. Chief Preau began his fire service career in 1996 as a volunteer firefighter in the City of Franklin, Virginia where he was trained as a Firefighter/EMT-Intermediate. After moving to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, he joined the Henry Volunteer Fire Department in Hanover County where he rose to the rank of Assistant District Chief during his 16-year tenure before being hired by the City of Richmond Fire Department in 2002.
Chief Preau holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Planning as well as a graduate certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech. He will graduate in the fall with a Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech University.
The Fire Service Executive Development Institute is a year-long leadership-development program, created and implemented by the IAFC, to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. The members of the cohort will meet three times during the year. They also will be attending the Fire-Rescue International conference in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of the program. The group will communicate, share information between sessions, and continue their learning process using an on-line community on the IAFC website. Their on-site sessions are scheduled at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, with the first meeting scheduled for the week of March 11 – 17, 2023.
“Assistant Chief Preau prioritizes the value of professional development for himself and also for our many System members” says System Chief Keith Johnson. “His participation in this elite leadership program will directly benefit his fellow first responders as well as the citizens and visitors of Loudoun County.”
The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) FSEDI is a program developed by the IAFC and funded by a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure. After individuals complete their yearlong program, they remain active members of FSEDI as part of an alumni. Learn more.