Deputy Chief I. David Daniels, MHRM, FIFireE, CFO, CSA
I. David Daniels is the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations for the City of Richmond, Virginia. He is responsible for oversight of fire/rescue response services from 20 fire/rescue stations that provide fire suppression, emergency medical, water rescue, trench/excavation rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, hazardous materials mitigation and variety of other services for the city’s over 200,000 residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors.
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 he 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, 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 worked 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 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 that saved the city over $4 million in worker’s compensation expenditures in a two year period 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival section, a member of the International Association of Safety Professionals and the World Future Society.
Chief Daniels holds an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Command and Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Command and Administration, a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and has completed all except his dissertation towards a doctorate in Organizational Leadership. He completed the Harvard Senior Executive in State and Local Government program at Harvard University; and is certified as a Safety Administrator, and Health Specialist, Fire Service Health and Safety Officer, and. He is a Chief Fire Officer designee, and holds fellow status in the Institution of Fire Engineers.