The safety of Newport News residents, businesses, and guests is a key priority. A dedicated team from the Newport News Fire Department (NNFD) serves our city and residents. Their work changed significantly during the pandemic, but their commitment never wavered. Their goal is to provide exceptional fire and life safety services, while advancing prevention, preparedness, and community engagement.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs recently hosted an annual conference and presented Newport News Fire Chief Jeff Johnson with the Alan Brunacini Fire Service Executive Safety Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to the chief executive officer of a fire department of any size or composition that has demonstrated a unique commitment to fire service health and safety.
Johnson has served as the Newport News Fire Chief since 2019 and has over 30 years of experience in emergency medical and fire services, as well as emergency management. He places a strong emphasis on collaboration and training, an outlook that has strengthened the NNFD. He also promotes community education in Newport News, ensuring the NNFD works closely with schools, residents, and businesses to provide valuable tips and resources that save lives. Chief Johnson was a critical part of the team that led the city’s response to the pandemic, helping establish vaccine and testing facilities in the city. He is active in several professional organizations and has authored several publications for industry organizations.