Community Risk Reduction
Tom LaBelle, Deputy Fire Chief
Chief LaBelle oversees the Community Risk Reduction section that is responsible for the Division’s effort to provide whole-community support in risk assessment and mitigation to include activities that relate to fire code enforcement, fire investigations, plans review, emergency management, public relations, and fire planning.
His experience includes more than 25 years of fire service experience including 15 years at the command staff level. Prior to joining Henrico Division of Fire, he served as a Division Chief for Albemarle County Fire Rescue from 2013 till October of 2018. He spent 19 years with the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, first serving as the Director of Government Affairs and later as the Executive Director. In this role, he led an organization with more than 11,000 members with programs ranging from code development, fiscal management, fire service training, state legislation, and fire service communications. He also spent 20 years with the North Greenbush Fire District where he rose through the ranks from Firefighter to Assistant Chief.
Chief LaBelle is certified as an Instructor II, Fire Officer III, Fire Investigator, Hazmat Technician. He has extensive experience in emergency management and EOC operations. He has actively served on several committees within the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Delmar Publishing Advisory Board, and served on the NFPA 1720 Technical Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hartwick College and recently completed the third year of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy
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.