David Eagle Appointed New Williamsburg Fire Chief
City Manager Andrew O. Trivette announces the appointment of David Eagle as Fire Chief effective October 15th. Eagle is the current Fire Chief in Danville, Virginia. He will succeed Williamsburg Fire Chief Pat Dent who retired at the end of June. Chief Eagle will receive a salary of $140,000 annually.
With over 24 years of experience in Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Eagle worked his way up the ranks beginning as a firefighter/EMT in the Danville Fire Department in 1995. He became Assistant Fire Marshall in 1997, Fire Marshall in 2003, and Fire Chief in 2007. As Danville Fire Chief he is responsible for a $9 million budget, a 145 person work force and serves as Emergency Management Coordinator for the city. Among his accomplishments in Danville, Chief Eagle improved Danville’s ISO classification – now recognized as one of 77 fire districts nationwide currently with an ISO class 1 rating and achieving accredited status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He implemented the use of mobile data terminals that assist medical services in the field by providing GIS mapping and improving patient outcomes by allowing 15 lead ECG heart monitor readings to be sent from the field to the hospital.
As Williamsburg Fire Chief, Eagle will plan and direct the programs, services and activities of the fire department to ensure community safety and that public resources are used effectively and efficiently to support the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the City of Williamsburg. In addition, he will serve as the Coordinator of Emergency Management to ensure the City effectively plans, responds, mitigates and recovers from disasters that may impact the City. The Fire Chief functions as a member of the City’s Executive Team and reports directly to the City Manager.
Chief Eagle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Virginia Tech, an Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science from Danville Community College, he is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmitsburg, MD and he received a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech.
"I’m humbled and honored to have been selected to lead such an outstanding team of professionals," said Chief Eagle. "I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve the Williamsburg community."
The hiring process included an interview panel that was comprised of select fire chiefs from across the Commonwealth, coordinated in part with the assistance from the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association "Using a challenging process for applicants we had over 40 fire service personnel to consider. We narrowed that list to seven and interviewed five. Chief Eagle demonstrates, daily, the traits needed to lead our Department into its next chapter. The Williamsburg Fire Department is an unmatched team with a very strong leadership structure. Chief Eagle will be a great addition to the department."