Fairfax County Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin has selected Battalion Chief William A. Garrett for promotion to deputy chief. Garrett will be assigned as deputy chief, C-Shift, field operations, Operations Bureau, effective July 28. Since October 2010, he has served as the department’s project liaison for the county’s new personnel and financial management system.
Chief Garrett was born and raised in Fairfax County in the Gum Springs community and began his career as a recruit firefighter in September 1989, and was initially assigned to Fire and Rescue Station 13, Dunn Loring. Prior to recruit school, he was a volunteer firefighter at Franconia Volunteer Fire Station 5.
As deputy chief, C-Shift, he will be one of three shift operational deputies, and will supervise the daily activities of 37 county fire and rescue stations throughout the county. He will be responsible for approximately 350 personnel.
Garrett is a member of Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 2068, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Fairfax County Professional Fire and Rescue Officers Association, and the Fairfax County Hispanic Firefighters Association. He is the recipient of the 2009 Firefighter of the Year Award, the department’s highest award.