Community Risk Reduction
Community Risk Reduction (CRR) formally replaced the concepts of Fire Prevention several years ago in an effort to provide whole-community support in risk assessment and mitigation. CRR is a process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence and impact.
The Community Risk Reduction Section is responsible for all Division activities that relate to fire code enforcement, fire investigations, plans review, emergency management, public relations, and fire planning. This section is further charged with the responsibility of keeping the Division of Fire focused on its number one priority, the reduction of risk within our community related to fire.
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.