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+Ken Brown

ken3354 Griffith Lane
Goochland, Va. 23063
Home – 804-457-2267
Cell – 804-971-7983

Ken Brown retired from the position of Fire-Rescue Chief and Coordinator of Emergency Services for Goochland County after 38 years in the fire service (33 as a career firefighter and 38 as a volunteer firefighter). Ken has a long career in the Virginia Fire Services, holding the previous positions as Director of Fire Services for Prince George County, Company Officer with the City of Newport News Fire Dept., Fire Chief for the 909th CES Fire Dept. USAFR (Ret), Administrative Battalion Chief with the Carson Volunteer Fire Department, a lifetime member of the Gloucester Vol. Fire & Rescue and current member of the Fife Volunteer Fire Company in Goochland County. Ken also instructs marine firefighting for the Chesapeake Marine Training Institute located in Gloucester County.

Ken was appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Fire Services Board in 2003 representing the Virginia State Firefighters Association. He has served as the chairman of the Burn Building Sub-committee since its inception and two years as the Vice-Chairman of the Fire Services Board. He has also been a member of many fire service organizations, including the Virginia State Firefighter’s Association, the Metro Chiefs Association, the Emergency Fleet Management Association, where he was the former President, Metro Regional Fire Investigation Task Force, and Virginia State Public Fire and Life Safety Coalition where he was the former Chairman. He received his Associate Degree in Fire Science from Thomas Nelson Community College and is currently seeking his Bachelor Degree in Fire Administration from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officers (EFO) Program. Ken is a certified Instructor IV, Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector EMT and has been an adjunct for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs for 31 years.

Ken currently serves as the alternate director to the NVFC for the VSFA as well as the State Fire Corp Representative. He also represents the NVFC on the NFPA Southern Regional Fire Code Committee.

He is married to Lisa and they reside in Goochland County. They have three children, Andrew, Amanda, and Joseph. They also have four grandchildren.

+Pete Kirby
1st Vice President

13934 Deviar Dr.
Centreville, Va. 20120

Pete Kirby has been delivering emergency services in Virginia since 1976.  During this time, Pete served 22 years with the Fairfax County Police Department in Fairfax, Virginia where his roles included law enforcement officer, public safety telecommunications officer, training coordinator, criminal justice services instructor, and 9-1-1 emergency communications supervisor.  He also performed duties related to emergency management, disaster operations, and quality assurance program design and development.

Concurrently, Pete has served for more than 38 years in the volunteer fire service.  He was a member of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in Fairfax County, Virginia, for 14 years, departing as a Fire Captain specializing in fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical services, and managing career and volunteer relationship issues.  Pete also served as a unit officer for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department during his tour at Vienna.

After moving his family from Vienna, in 1990, Pete joined the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department in Fairfax County, Virginia.  While at Centreville, Pete rose through the ranks to become Fire Chief for the Department, a role he held for over 14 years, and was promoted to serve as a command officer for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, a role he continues to fulfill.  He is an apprentice All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader, and he has served in command roles for numerous fires, hazardous materials emergencies, and mass casualty incidents.  He has played key roles in planning and executing scheduled and emergency operations for local special events, and continues to deliver fire and emergency medical services regularly.

In addition to his first responder roles, Pete served four terms as a Fire Commissioner, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  He led the reorganization, and then served as the President, of the Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.  Pete serves as a peer Equal Opportunity counselor for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, and he is an adjunct instructor for the National Domestic Preparedness Training Center, operated by the University of Hawai’i, teaching disaster readiness courses across the U.S. as assigned.

Pete became active in the Virginia State Firefighters Association after attending the 100th Annual Convention at Covington.  Since November 2007, he has served as the 12th District executive representative to the Virginia State Firefighters’ Association, covering five cities and six counties in Northern Virginia.  He has served with the By Laws, Communications, Membership Recruitment and Retention, and Vision 2020 Committees, and is a judge for the annual Fire Truck Rodeo hosted by the VSFA.  He was elected as 1st Vice President for the VSFA in August 2019.

Pete is a public safety consultant for the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton.  He enjoys bicycle and motorcycle riding, and is a fan of antique, classic, fire service, and military vehicles.  He and his wife, Lauren, live in Centreville, and they have two sons.

+Dean Farmer
3rd Vice President

301 Sunchase Blvd Apt. K
Farmville, VA 23901

Chief Dean Farmer began his emergency service career in 1998, as a member of Cumberland Vol. Rescue Squad, where he rose through the ranks as an accomplished EMT to the crew leader level. In December of 1999, he began with Davis Ambulance with the mobile intensive care unit. He then joined Prince Edward Vol. Rescue Squad in December of 1999, where he has remains a member for over 20 years. In February of 2000 Dean began his service with the Farmville Fire Department. Since that time, he has been with the Farmville Fire Department for almost 20 years and has held every position within the agency. In 2016 as Assistant Chief he held a very instrumental role, as the Fire and EMS Branch Director for the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate. In February of 2017, he was appointed as interim fire chief, and received his full appointment in July of 2017, as Fire Chief for the Town of Farmville. Since his time he has spearheaded several projects, to include a $680,000.00 regional fire training center as well as a mobile vehicle fire training prop. He also spearheaded the implementation of a First Responder program with the Farmville Fire Department. This program has been very instrumental in providing emergency medical care to the citizens of the Town of Farmville.  He serves as a representative for the Town of Farmville’s LAPC and assists with several other agencies in emergency management plans. Dean also serves with the Southside Virginia Vol. Firefighters Association where he held the office of President for 2016 and 2019. Dean became active with the Virginia State Firefighters in 2017 when he was appointed as a district representative. He was elected to the office of 3rd vice President in 2019. Dean spends many hours teaching with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs where he is an adjunct instructor where his main focus is Firefighter 1, 2, Mayday Firefighter Down and Stress First Aid. Dean is also a proud member of the Farmville Lions Club and assists with several events. Dean is also the proud father of 4 beautiful children Nathan, Nicholas, Noah, and Nakayla. Dean resides in the Town of Farmville.




+Jacob Hooghouse

3420 Pump Road
PMB #127
Henrico, Va. 232333-1111
(540) 419-6416 Mobile

Jacob Hooghouse attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor concentration in Emergency Management. Upon graduation Jacob was hired by The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office where he served the citizens of Henrico County as a sworn Deputy Sheriff for approx. 4 years. During his time at The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office he briefly served on the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team (CVAHIMT) under the certifications VDEM- O305 & ICS 300. Shortly after obtaining his Virginia Property & Casualty Insurance License in January of 2018, Jacob left The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2018. Jacob was then hired by Brown & Brown Insurance of VA as the successor and future lead producer on the Brown & Brown Insurance of VA: Emergency Service Organization Insurance Team. Jacob is now the lead producer of The Brown & Brown Insurance Emergency Service Organizations Insurance Team where he is actively serving as the Commercial Risk & Insurance Advisor for many Fire, Ambulance/Rescue, and other supporting entities all over the state. Both before and after college Jacob has served as a Volunteer Fire Fighter in Stafford County and Culpeper County and furthermore Jacob still actively volunteers at Little Fork Vol. Fire & Rescue in Culpeper County.

+Patrick Saylors

4292 Dry Valley Road
Radford, VA 24241
(540) 230-1364

Patrick Saylors first began his volunteer fire fighting career with the Riner Volunteer Fire Department 32 years ago.  He received many certifications such as Firefighting I, II and III as well as several in Hazardous Materials.  He is certified in EVOC and obtained his EMT license in 1991 which he still maintains today.   He served as Engineer for his department and is currently the Treasurer, an office he has held for the past 27 years.

Pat has a great talent for wood working and has built many beautiful pieces of furniture. He also likes gardening.

He is an active member of Auburn Baptist Church and is the Chaplain for the Virginia Lung Transplant Foundation.

Pat is married to Becky and they have two grown daughters, Brooke and Katie. They reside in Riner which is in Montgomery County.

+Dale Jamison

11060 Wentworth Drive
Broadway, Va. 22815

Dale Jamison serves as the Chaplain of the Virginia State Firefighter’s Association, having been elected to this position in 2014. He has served as an assistant chaplain for many years and served on numerous committees for the VSFA since 1986.  With Dale’s move to Broadway, Va, He has become a member of the Broadway Vol. Fire Dept. Dale is an active Life member of the Poquoson Rescue Squad. He has been a member of both organizations since 1980 and has FF-III. He has held various positions in both organizations as vice president and secretary of the PVFCo. and as secretary, treasurer and captain of the PVRS. He a past president of the Firefighter’s Association of Tidewater, Va. and is currently the secretary and treasurer. Dale is a certified Lay Servant and Scouting Coordinator in the York District of the United Methodist Church and has served in scouting for 29 years at both district and local levels earning numerous awards and special recognitions. He is an active member of the Poquoson Ruritan club and has served as President for the past ten years. He has served on the district level as Lt. Governor and is currently Governor of Zone 8 in the Chesapeake district.

Dale is retired and works part time. His wife Linda, of 43 years, are both from the Shenandoah Valley and have one son and two grandsons.

+Jimmy Byer
Past President

105 Broken Arrow Lane
Covington, VA 24426

Jimmy Byer served as President of the Virginia State Firefighters Association from 2017 to 2019.. He started his journey through the Chairs August 2011 after being elected as 3rd Vice President. He has been an active member of the VSFA since 1988 and has served on many committees and currently is the Co-Chair of the Rules and Contest Committee. He had served as a District Representative for District 7 for the last 10 years.

Jimmy is currently a member of Boiling Springs Volunteer Fire & Rescue and has been for the last 28 years, in which he has held many working and social offices. He was just recently elected as 1st Lieutenant, Parliamentarian and a member of the Executive Committee of the Fire Department. He is also a member of MeadWestvaco Fire Brigade and Westvaco Rescue Squad. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Squad. Over the years he has obtain numerous certifications for firefighting, hazmat, trench-heavy and confined space rescue. He also maintains numerous EMS certifications as well as his EMT-B.

Jimmy is currently retired from West Rock (formerly MeadWestvaco) and has been for the past 36 years as a Millwright. He is married to his wife Sandy, has 2 sons Stacey and Jamie and daughter-in-laws, Lori and Kristie, 5 grandchildren and 3 great granddaughters. He resides in Alleghany County.

+Larry Gwaltney
Executive Director

4 Tabatha Circle
Hampton, Va. 23666


Larry retired from the Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue in 2009 as the Assistant Chief in charge of Logistics, after 24.5 years. He has served as a member of the Wythe Volunteer Fire Company & Rescue Squad for over 50 years, serving in every administrative officer position in the company, and is currently serving as Deputy Chief, Treasurer and Chaplain. As an adjunct instructor for many years, he has delivered training classes throughout the tidewater region and in other areas of the Commonwealth.

He is past President of the Firefighters Association of Tidewater and the Virginia State Firefighters Association. He has served on many boards and committees. He was appointed by the Governor and served two terms on the Commonwealth of Virginia Public Safety Medal of Valor Board.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University where he graduated Suma Cum Laude. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) from the National Fire Academy.

Larry is married to Carol and they reside in Hampton. They have one adult son.