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Last Updated: 2010-01-12

Chief Daniels

Chief Daniels is a Chief Fire Officer designee and holds fellow status in the Institution of Fire Engineers. He is currently certified as a Safety Auditor; Safety Inspections Technician; Accident Inspections Technician; Hazard Analysis Technician; Safety Manager; Safety Administrator; Safety and Health Specialist; and Fire Service Health and Safety Officer.

Career Highlights

Chief Daniels’ fire service career began in Seattle, Washington in September, 1981. He moved through the ranks as a Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in primarily operational assignments, but also worked as a Fire Inspector; Training Officer; and Health and Safety Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Chief and served in both the Support Services and Training Divisions. As one of the youngest to ever be promoted to the rank, Chief Daniels was the department’s first Assistant Fire Chief of Safety and Employee Services in charge of Safety, Human Resources, EEO, and Training.

Chief Daniels’ operational expertise is extensive. He worked in the busiest fire and EMS companies and battalions in Seattle, as well as the Fresh Water Rescue Team; Marine Fire/Rescue Team; Hazardous Materials Response Team; and Technical Rescue Response Team. He was selected as a charter member of the FEMA Washington State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force and deployed with the team to both the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.

Following 20 years in Seattle, Chief Daniels served as Fire Chief in Fulton County, GA where his achievements include the primary authorship of the proposal to establish the Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force system, and leading a state level Type 3 Incident Management Team to southern Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

After serving in Fulton County, he worked in two other jurisdictions prior to moving full time into higher education as an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Fire and Public Administration program at Anna Maria College in central Massachusetts.  Just prior to coming to the City of Richmond, he worked in the Office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as Executive Director of Workforce Safety, where he was instrumental in the development of a citywide workplace safety management system, “WorkSafe Atlanta”, that has resulted in significant reductions in new claims for worker’s compensation as a result of reductions in both the frequency and severity of employee injuries.

Chief Daniels has served on a number of national committees including the NFPA’s Technical Committees on Technical Rescue; Incident Management System Professional Qualifications; and Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health.  He is currently a member of the State of the Virginia’s Traffic Incident Management Standards and Practices Committee.

Chief Daniels is a member of the International Association of Safety Professionals; the Alliance for Innovation; and the World Future Society; and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section.  In 2015, Chief Daniels was elected as the first Chair of the Government and Public Sector Division of the National Safety Council, and is also a member of the council’s Board of Delegates.


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City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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