About Us


President's Message

By: David Layman

Welcome to the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association’s (VFCA) website, a resource for Virginia’s fire-rescue service community and others. VFCA serves the communities of Virginia through its fire service leaders and these three core competencies―leadership, education, and advocacy.

Leadership opportunities are provided at every level, from firefighter to fire chief. Through the award-winning Virginia Fire Officer Academy, the leadership skills of new and aspiring officers are developed and enhanced, and opportunities for mid to senior level staff are provided throughout the year.

Educational opportunities are provided primarily through the Annual Virginia Fire & Rescue Conference, formerly the Mid-Atlantic Expo & Symposium. This year marks the 40th Annual Conference, which in addition to educational opportunities, also affords attendees a multitude of networking opportunities―strengthening diversity of thought and approach to problem-solving through the sharing of different perspectives.

Stakeholders from the fire service community serve as advocates by meeting and discussing with legislators your concerns over proposed legislation that may negatively impact the fire service's ability to maintain citizen safety. In addition to Virginia Fire Chiefs’ own legislative consultant, representative appointments on state boards and advisory committees provide additional avenues for input on issues affecting the fire service.

Come to know us, the members who make up VFCA, and if you haven’t done so already, consider becoming a member and supporting the organization that works to support the Commonwealth’s fire-rescue service community, as well as its citizens.

Thanks for visiting our site; follow us on Facebook, and feel free to call or email me. I can be reached at 1-888-818-0983, or dlayman@hampton.gov.

Keep it Fire Safe

David E. Layman, President





Mission Statement

The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, (VFCA) serves the communities of Virginia through its fire service leaders and advances the Fire & Rescue service through leadership, education and advocacy.


History and Purpose of VFCA

(Formerly SFCAV)

The State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia, Inc., was organized in 1930 by progressive Fire Chiefs who saw the need to work together for the betterment of the fire service. The Association's original purpose was to work for the promotion of fire prevention, protection from and extinguishments of fires, and attendant reduction of insurance rates. The Association proposed to accomplish this by bringing into closer contact the various Fire Chiefs in the Commonwealth for their mutual benefit and welfare. Among the first matters discussed in 1930 were the need for a State Firemen's School, the Firemen's Pension Bill, and a Model Arson Law.

The Association has continued to grow through the years and its goals have broadened to keep pace with the challenges. Today, the Association's stated purpose is to bring together at least once a year persons interested in the advancement of the fire service; to discuss ways of improving life-saving and fire extinguishments procedures; to assist in research studies; to serve as the recognized organization for the exchange of ideas, information, knowledge and experiences affecting the safety of life and property from fires; to encourage and assist in the development of public education in fire prevention programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia; to cooperate with all organizations in the promotion of the goals and objectives of the fire service; and to support and encourage the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical services by the fire service to relieve human suffering.

In 2002, the SFCAV changed its name to become the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association in order to facilitate searching capabilities on the Internet and a more direct identification similar to other organizations throughout the United States.