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.
William G. Poston, Deputy Fire Chief
William G. Poston, Jr. has served as a member of the Division of Fire since February of 1990. He began his public service career as a volunteer EMT for Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad in the late 1980’s. During almost 30 years with the Division of Fire, Chief Poston has focused his career on a comprehensive balance of operational and administrative experience. His assignments have included service at Firehouses 1, 3, 5, 10, and 17. Chief Poston has also served in Training and Professional Development as a Fire Instructor, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and most recently as the Assistant Chief. He has also served as a Battalion Chief in the Western Battalion on B shift and in Professional Standards. Chief Poston has served on several Division committees, including the Promotional Process Taskforce, Continuous Improvement Strategy Taskforce, SORC Committee, Human Relations Committee, Light Duty Taskforce, Budget Committee, and the County of Henrico Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
Chief Poston is a Fire Officer III and Fire Instructor III. He has a certificate in Management Development from Henrico Leadership Development Program and has completed coursework in Emergency Management at the National Fire Academy’s Emergency Management Institute. Chief Poston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University.