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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 10-64
Date: July 1, 2010

Fire Chief Selects James Walsh for Deputy Chief

Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin has selected Battalion Chief James J. Walsh for promotion to Deputy Chief effective July 3, 2010. He will be assigned as Deputy Chief, A-Shift, Operations Bureau. He currently serves as a field Battalion Chief in the seventh battalion.

Chief Walsh began his career as a firefighter in April of 1985 starting out at Woodlawn, Fire and Rescue Station 24. He was promoted to Technician in 1994, Lieutenant in 1997, and subsequently promoted to Captain I in 2000 and assigned to North Point, Fire and Rescue Station 39. He was promoted to Captain II in 2002 and was assigned as Station Commander of Penn Daw, Fire and Rescue Station 11.

Chief Walsh was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2005, assigned to Special Operations as the Battalion Chief in charge of the Hazardous Materials Response Team and Program Manager for the National Medical Response Team.

As Deputy Chief, A-Shift, he will be one of three operational deputies, and will supervise the daily activities of all 37 fire and rescue stations within the department. He will be responsible for approximately 350 personnel.

Chief Walsh received the career Firefighter of the Year award in 1994, the department’s highest award.

Chief Walsh is a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2068, and the Fairfax County Fire Officers Association. Additionally, he is a member of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) where he currently serves on the committee to produce the high-rise manual for the national fire service.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs,
services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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