Outgoing Chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System W. Keith Brower Jr. has received the 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Award for Career Fire Chief of the Year.
Brower was presented the award by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran on Saturday during a ceremony at the Virginia Fire Rescue Conference in Virginia Beach. Sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, the conference provides educational opportunities across the fire and emergency medical services areas.
Brower, who is retiring this spring, has served Loudoun County for 44 years of service to Loudoun County and been an advocate for fire prevention across the state. He began his tenure in the fire service in 1973 and became the chief of Loudoun County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management in 2010. Under Brower’s leadership, the County transitioned from 17 separate organizations into one of the largest combined fire and rescue systems in Virginia.
Brower has also become a recognized leader for issues involving the development and implementation of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code. He has also taught and mentored others, facilitated associations and departments through difficult national issues, and has written on a number of topics for the fire service. According to a press release from Loudoun County government, Brower’s support of residential sprinklers and engagement with many national organizations is “unprecedented.”
“I am proud of Chief Brower and his accomplishments, and am excited to see his career achievements recognized by his colleagues,” said Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet. “It is gratifying to see Virginia’s Fire Chiefs confirm what we in Loudoun have known for many years.”
The award is presented annually by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.