Chief Frank Edwards

Frank has more than 35 years of experience in the emergency services field.  He has held the positions of firefighter up to fire chief in both career and combination (paid/volunteer) fire/EMS departments serving 30,000 up to 250,000 population.  He started his career in Chesterfield County, Virginia, where he retired as a Deputy Chief.  He has also served as Fire Chief in several organizations in Florida and South Carolina.  He has experience in managing and leading all aspects of emergency services, including fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, and 911 dispatch centers, with an emphasis in the areas of capital and operational budgeting, volunteer recruitment and retention, strategic planning, officer development, grant writing, and performance measurement.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a BS in Fire Science, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.  He is a Life Member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, where he served on several committees and workgroups and is a Life Member of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.  He was in the inaugural group of Chief Fire Officers designated by the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2000.