Bryan Hill, County Administrator, has announced Deputy Chief Ryan Ashe will serve as James City County’s Interim Fire Chief effective June 19, 2015. He will serve in that capacity until a decision is made on hiring a permanent Chief.
Ashe has been with the Fire Department since 2003 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in July 2013. He brings a variety of training and work experience to the position. A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Technology, he is certified as an Executive Fire Officer with the National Fire Academy and also a certified paramedic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He completed the Hampton Roads Fire Officer Command School in 2006 which prepares him for a variety of functions and required responsibilities within the National Incident Management System, fire prevention, terrorism emergency response and arson detection. Ashe is also on the Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue and an adjunct instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
“Chief Ashe has demonstrated he has the ability to lead the organization, as we move forward with our process, we as a team will support Ryan during this period of transition and I am honored to have numerous competent employees who can seamlessly transition into greater roles that better our citizens in James City County,” says Hill.
Ashe says he is ready to lead the Department. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve as Interim Fire Chief as we continue to provide outstanding service to our citizens and visitors. I am grateful for Chief Luton’s 35 years of dedicated service to our organization.”
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