W. Keith Brower Jr., chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, has received the 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Award for Career Fire Chief of the year.
The award, which is presented annually by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, was presented to Brower last month at the 2018 Virginia Fire Rescue Conference in Virginia Beach. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the award to Brower. The conference, which was sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, provides educational opportunities across the fire and emergency medical services areas.
Brower has served Loudoun for 44 years. He began his tenure in the fire service in 1973 and became chief of the department in 2010. Under Brower’s leadership, the County transitioned from 17 separate organizations into one of the largest combined fire and rescue systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Brower’s main point of emphasis in his four decades of service involved fire prevention. Brower has become a recognized leader for issues involving the development and implementation of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Brower has had a significant impact on the fire service through teaching and mentoring others, facilitating associations and departments through difficult national issues, and writing on a number of key topics for the fire service. His support of residential sprinklers and engagement with many national organizations is unprecedented.
“I am proud of Chief Brower and his accomplishments, and am excited to see his career achievements recognized by his colleagues,” Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet said. “It is gratifying to see Virginia’s Fire Chiefs confirm what we in Loudoun have known for many years.”