Community Risk Reduction
Kenneth L. Dunn, Assistant Fire Chief
Chief Dunn, is a 32-year veteran of the fire service, nearly 30 of which he has served with Henrico Division of Fire working through the ranks as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and division chief. Prior to his appointment to Assistant Fire Chief of Community Risk Reduction, Chief Dunn has served as Chief of Fire and EMS Operations, Administration Chief, Western District Operations Commander and Chief Fire Marshal. Chief Dunn has served as a Board Member of the Virginia Fire Prevention Association and of the Richmond Metro Fire Chief’s Association.
Chief Dunn holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He has certifications in technical rescue, hazardous materials response, fire prevention inspections and fire investigations. Chief Dunn is a graduate of the Virginia Fire Marshal’s Law Enforcement Academy and has received designation as a Virginia Fire Official through the Board of Housing and Community Development.
Chief Dunn has been a member of the Division’s Hazardous Incident Team and the Heavy and Technical Rescue Team.
Alec Oughton, Assistant Fire Chief
Chief Oughton is responsible for the Operations section that includes 20 engine companies, five truck companies, three heavy rescue squads, and 15 advanced life support ambulances operating from 20 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.
Mike Cox, Assistant Fire Chief
Chief Cox is an emergency service professional with over 25 years of public safety experience. As the Assistant Chief of Professional Services 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.
Administrative responsibilities include human resources, strategic planning, health and wellness, training, budget, and grant programs.
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.