Fire Chief Selects Manuel A. Barrero, Jr. for Deputy Chief


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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News Release 12-94
Date:  November 19, 2012

Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin has selected Battalion Chief Manuel A. Barrero, Jr. for promotion to deputy chief. Chief Barrero will be assigned as Chief Training Officer, Personnel Services Bureau, effective December 15, 2012. Since 2008, he has served as Chief, Hazardous Materials and Investigative Services, Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal’s Office.

   Chief Barrero started his career as a recruit firefighter in August 1988, and was initially assigned to Fire and Rescue Station 5, Franconia. Career promotions and assignments include:

  • Acting Technician, January 1990; Fire and Rescue Station 22, Springfield.
  • Technician, May 1991; Fire and Rescue Station 32, Fairview, and Fire and Rescue Station 10, Baileys Crossroads.
  • Lieutenant,  January 1995; Fire and Rescue Station 19, Lorton, Fire and Rescue Station 22, Springfield, and Inspections Branch, Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Captain I, August 1999; Hazardous Materials and Investigative Services, Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Captain II, September 2002; EMS Supervisor, third battalion, Station Commander, Fire and Rescue Station 28, Seven Corners, and Branch Chief, Fire Protection Systems Branch, Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Battalion Chief, September 2008; Section Chief, Hazardous Materials and Investigative Services, Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal’s Office.

As Chief Training Officer, he will be responsible for basic training, field training, emergency medical services training, and volunteer training, which includes approximately 1,700 career and volunteer members. He will also be responsible for the Honor Guard, and the Explorer Post 1949 Program.

Chief Barrero received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator, and a sworn Assistant Fire Marshall. He has been Executive Vice President, International Association of Hispanic Firefighters and is a member of the 2013 Leadership Fairfax class. He is also a recipient of the distinguished Citizenship Award from the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge 2188.

Chief Barrero and his wife, Catherine, and daughters Alexandra, and Olivia, reside in Clifton, Virginia.


For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. 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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