After serving acting chief since February, Keith Johnson has been named chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced May 9.
Johnson served for 30 years in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department before joining the Loudoun County team in 2014. He replaces System Chief W. Keith Brower, who retired in February.
Johnson began his service with Loudoun County as assistant chief of operations. The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System consists of about 700 full-time employees and 900 administrative and operational volunteer personnel.
According to Hemstreet, the county conducted a nationwide recruitment effort and considered a strong pool of candidates before deciding the Johnson was the best fit for the job.
“As assistant chief, Keith has played a key role in the success of our combined system and I am confident he will do an excellent job as the new chief,” Hemstreet said.
Johnson is a fourth generation firefighter who began his fire service career in 1982 as a volunteer in New York state. In 1983, he graduated from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Training Academy and served that county in a variety of positions for 30 years, including as deputy chief. Johnson was also a member of the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team and is the former Fairfax County Task Force leader of the National Medical Response Team.
In addition to a number of professional certifications, Johnson holds an associate of applied science degree in Fire Science Administration from Northern Virginia Community College, a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a master of arts degree in security studies, homeland security, and defense from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is vice president on the board of directors of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.
For more information, visit loudoun.gov/fire.