Fire Chief

Anthony E. McDowell

The Fire Chief oversees one of the largest departments in the state of Virginia with an annual budget exceeding $58 million. Henrico County Division of Fire is staffed with over 600 employees, 565 of whom are sworn uniformed firefighters.

The men and women of Henrico Fire serve more than 325,000 residents, businesses, and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Fire Chief McDowell started his career with the Divison in 1997. He established his career as a firefighter and moved through the ranks to the position of Fire Chief. Chief McDowell was appointed to Fire Chief in October 2012.

Fire Chief McDowell has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

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Contact Us


Main Receptionist
(804) 501-4900

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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