Community Risk Reduction
Mike Cox, Deputy Fire Chief
Chief Cox is an emergency service professional with over 25 years of public safety experience. As a Deputy Chief for the Henrico County Division of Fire, he has extensive leadership experience in emergency response and special operations and proven critical decision-making skills in highly stressful response environments.
As the Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction his responsibilities include emergency management, planning, public education, accreditation, and the fire marshal’s office.
He has also served as a program manager with the Central Virginia Incident Management Team and continues to establish valuable relationships with federal, state, and local agencies throughout the public safety arena.
Alec Oughton, Deputy Fire Chief
Chief Oughton is responsible for the Operations section that includes twenty engine companies, five truck companies, three heavy rescue squads, and sixteen advanced life support ambulances operating from twenty fire stations. He has been involved in fire and EMS for more than 24 years, including service as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve, as a member of Spotsylvania County fire & rescue and employed with Henrico Division of Fire for past 17 years.
His experience includes EMS Battalion Chief, Station Captain, EMS Captain, fire lieutenant and firefighter/paramedic. He has served during his career as a member of the budget committee, chairman of the chief’s advisory committee, recruit academy supervisor, fire bike team, hazardous incident team, search rescue dive team and the honor guard. He is a member of the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management team, where he serves as a resource unit leader.
Chief Oughton holds two Associates Degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. In addition, he is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.