Fire Chief


BonnetteFire Chief Dwayne V. Bonnette joined the department on March 14, 2016.

Chief Bonnette has a professional background serving through the ranks to a Chief Learning Officer and then Assistant Fire Chief in Alexandria, and on a State committee partnering with the Virginia Fire Chief’s Association and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs to deliver a Chief Officer Leadership course. Chief Bonnette will utilize his diversified, broad perspective of modern fire and emergency service to become a valuable contributor for our community. He was a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserves for 10 years and is excited to bring his talents and vision to Portsmouth, a Coast Guard City. His educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College, which is also where he attained his undergraduate degree. In addition, his training/certification portfolio includes progressive levels for Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Heavy Tactical Rescue, Hazardous Materials Operations, Emergency Management and Public Information Officer.

Chief Bonnette’s professional career in the fire and emergency medical service spans over 27 years. With the Alexandria Fire Department, he began his career as a Firefighter/EMT in 1989 and progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. His leadership experience includes the areas of incident command operations, suppression operations, training/professional development, fiscal/budget management, emergency management, fire protection and life safety, human resources, community services, logistics, information technology, and strategic planning.

Chief Bonnette’s extensive knowledge, commitment to fire and emergency service, leadership qualities and demonstrated achievements through collaboration will make him a vital and instrumental part of evolving our New Portsmouth.

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