COUNTY APPOINTS JAMES BONZANO, II, AS FIRE CHIEF
(Front Royal) – Warren County is announcing the appointment of James Bonzano, II, as the new Fire Chief for the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Mr. Bonzano has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northern Virginia Community College in Emergency Medical Service Management, graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in Management, and received his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Innovation from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Bonzano will begin his employment with the County effective January 1, 2021. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime Chief Richard E. Mabie, effective December 30, 2020.
Mr. Bonzano joins Warren County from Arlington County where he served in the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) in progressively responsible leadership roles for thirty-four (34) years, including Acting Assistant Chief, South Deputy Chief, Personnel Services Section Chief, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Battalion Chief. Following the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, he served as the EMS branch director for the emergency response. Most recently, Mr. Bonzano served as Arlington County’s Fire Chief from his appointment in 2016 until his retirement in 2018. Since 2018, he has served as a Public Safety Consultant for Interagency Readiness Solutions providing curriculum and training on multi-agency response procedures, continuity of operations planning, and vulnerability assessments for large-scale disasters.
Cheryl Cullers, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair, stated, “I am excited to begin working with Mr. Bonzano and am looking forward to what opportunities and ideas he can bring. I think he will be a great addition to and for the community.”
Ed Daley, Interim County Administrator, stated, “Chief Mabie has done an awesome job building the Fire and EMS system in Warren County. We look forward to having Mr. Bonzano with us as he works with our career and volunteer staff to prepare for the future challenges and opportunities in our community.”
Mr. Bonzano said, “I am honored and humbled to join the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services leadership team. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the care of the community and all who comprise the Department of Fire and Rescue Services.”
The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is located in the Public Safety Building at 200 Skyline Vista Drive, Suite 200, telephone (540) 636-3830. Office hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
How volunteers may schedule fingerprinting: VAOEMS is now requiring electronic fingerprints for all Fire & Rescue volunteer and career personnel. This means fingerprint cards will no longer be accepted. Visit this link and follow the prompts to sign up for fingerprinting. Applicants must make an appointment online as walk-ins are not accepted. The closest fingerprinting location in Warren County is The UPS Store 7189, 424a South Street, Front Royal, VA 22630. They are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Brenda Diehl with questions at (540) 636-3830.
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The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services provide Fire and EMS response to the 38,387 citizens across the 216 square miles of Front Royal/Warren County, Virginia. Utilizing the combination approach of career and volunteer Fire, EMS and Support personnel, we staff 8 individual volunteer Fire and EMS combination stations with 33 uniformed full-time career personnel, 20 part-time career personnel and approximately 70 volunteer response personnel. These dedicated men and women protect the life, property, and environment of our community by responding to all fire and non-fire emergencies and rescues within Front Royal/Warren County and surrounding areas. The Department responds to and provides first response advanced/basic life support care to sick and/or injured and transportation to the appropriate medical facility. The Department also provides resources to respond to a wide array of emergencies in an all hazard emergency response concept and provides mutual aid response in cases of reduced resources to agencies along our borders.
The Department is managed by the Office of the Fire Chief, who supports fire suppression, emergency medical service, and emergency management; reviews and develops objectives, goals, policies, and procedures; compiles statistical information; prepares, monitors, and manages a combined budget of $4,226,380.00 (FY-16/17).
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