James Williams, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief, was recognized as Safety Officer of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) at its annual conference Aug. 17 in San Antonio, Texas.
Williams was recognized for his accomplishments as the department’s designated Health and Safety Officer.
“Deputy Chief Williams has worked tirelessly to develop and expand our Health and Safety division to support numerous programs addressing all aspects of health, safety and wellness for all Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System members,” said System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Additional safety programs and resources are continuously being identified and implemented under the leadership of Chief Williams and his dedicated team of Health and Safety professionals.”
By using stakeholders across the system, Williams created a Health, Safety and Wellness Committee that tackles problems such as cancer prevention, hearing proteciton, upgrading personal protective equipment, conducting post incident analyses, implementing a work performance evaluation for incumbent personal and the design and development of a behavioral health program for all system members, Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart detailed in a release.
“We’re truly blessed to have organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in their efforts and it’s an honor for the Safety, Health and Survival Section to recognize them for what they have accomplished and the difference they’re making in the lives of our firefighters,” Jake Rhoades, chair of the awards selection committee, said.
The award is hosted by the Safety, Health and Survival Section and is sponsored by the Fire Department Safety Officers Association and MSA, Inc.