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Posted on: June 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Deputy Michael Thomas joins the Charlottesville Fire Department



June 14, 2022

 Deputy Michael Thomas joins the Charlottesville Fire Department

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Charlottesville Fire Department welcomes the new Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction.

The  Charlottesville  Fire Department  has a new Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction (CRR). Deputy Chief Michael  L. Thomas has over 30 years of fire/EMS service experience.  

 CRR focuses less on lights and sirens response and more on community partnerships, public engagement, and strategic decision-making through comprehensive risk assessments. 

The section includes accreditation, internal affairs, ISO rating, the Fire Marshal's Office, technology, planning and data analysis, FOIA, and public information.

Chief Thomas' Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Associate Degree in Fire Science, along with 13 years of Fire Marshal's, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, and other experiences, will contribute to his success in advancing the department's community risk reduction initiatives. 

 We are committed to continuing the work focused on the core objectives of CRR: Education, Engineering, Economic Incentive, Enforcement, and Emergency Response. View the current initiatives at

 Charlottesville Fire Department remains focused on advancing its 21st-century all-hazards organization by adding and expanding the team of talented fire department members. He can be reached at his office (434)-970-3528, mobile (434)906-4225.

Media Contact
 Dr. Hezedean Smith
 Fire Chief
 Charlottesville Fire Department
 (434) 970-3323 

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