Deputy Chief Howard J. Dawley


Retired Deputy Chief, Loudoun County, VA Fire-Rescue

Deputy Chief Dawley enjoyed a rewarding thirty (30) year career as a public safety professional with the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management, located in Northern Virginia. For twenty years, Deputy Chief Dawley served as the department’s senior staff manager responsible for the Department’s Planning and Asset Management Division, comprised of five program areas (Planning, Facilities, Fleet, Logistics, and Respiratory Protection) that collectively provide critical infrastructure support to a combined career and volunteer system of service providers, who jointly protected a 520 square mile jurisdiction of more than 300,000 residents, representing one of the nation’s fastest growing communities over the past two decades.

Deputy Chief Dawley was instrumental in providing a successful strategic framework for effective and timely development of capital facility projects to support the Department’s core mission in a rapidly growing community, delivering the jurisdiction’s first government planned, designed, constructed, and outfitted fire-rescue station in 1999, subsequently overseeing a total of thirty (30) capital facility projects comprising nearly 300,000sf – including additional fire-rescue stations, a fire-rescue training center campus, an emergency operations center, a fire department logistics/warehouse, a fleet/apparatus and radio shop, administrative offices, and pending relocation/expansion of the County’s emergency communications/911 center. Deputy Chief Dawley’s work employing geographic information system (GIS) software to optimize strategic location of future stations was recognized in the County’s receipt of a National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award. He is experienced and skilled in managing all aspects of facility development and operation.

He has completed coursework at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is a graduate of the University of Maryland Fire Service Staff and Command Program. Holding numerous fire and rescue related credentials, he has also distinguished himself as a qualified Ken Blanchard Institute instructor for “Situational Leadership” training.