The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS) is honored to announce the appointment of Chief Keith H. Johnson to President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (VFCA). The mission of the VFCA is to serve the communities of Virginia through its fire service leaders and advance the Fire & Rescue service through leadership, education, and advocacy. The VFCA brings Virginia fire service leaders from across the Commonwealth together to:
• Exchange ideas, information, knowledge, and experiences affecting the safety of life and property from fires.
• Develop and deliver public education programs focused on fire prevention and life safety.
• Cooperate with all organizations in the promotion of the goals and objectives of the fire service to include statewide legislation.
• Support and encourage the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical services by the fire service.
Chief Johnson is a fourth-generation firefighter who began his fire service career in 1982 as a Volunteer with the North Merrick Volunteer Fire Department in Long Island, New York. After retiring from an impressive career with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in 2014, Chief Johnson was hired as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System. In May of 2018, Chief Johnson was promoted to System Chief, where he continues to lead and oversee the 1,300 members of the LC-CFRS. In addition to his role as the President of the VFCA, he serves as Vice Chair of the Governor’s appointed Fire Services Board and is a board member of the Governors appointed Virginia’s Board of Housing and Community Development.
Johnson will continue to advocate legislation to benefit career employees, volunteers, and, most importantly, the civilians that we serve. "My road to this personal accomplishment has been built with dedication, passion, personal commitment, and a lifelong journey of learning,” said Johnson. “As president, I remind all fire and EMS leaders in the Commonwealth of Virginia that the VFCA is a vital resource that will allow us to work as a team to tackle challenges we face in our own communities.”
Annually, fire and EMS stakeholder organizations from across the Commonwealth of Virginia meet to discuss not only their specific legislative needs, but the key issues concerning the organizations and the fire service as a whole. These legislative topics vary from the inclusion of automatic residential fire sprinklers to the Virginia Uniformed State-wide Building Code to Establishing Workers’ Compensation Benefits for COVID-19. For more information about the VFCA, visit https://vfca.us.