Garrett Dyer has been appointed as Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP). He had served as the Acting Executive Director since January 2021.
Garrett oversees 79 full-time employees and over 300 adjunct instructors used to deliver more than 130 courses to Virginia’s fire service. In addition, he oversees the enforcement provisions of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
Garrett began his career in the fire service with the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department before becoming a career firefighter and nationally registered paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Garrett served in Fairfax County for 30 years and rose through the ranks to Assistant Fire Chief. He joined VDFP in 2018 as the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Chief.
During his tenure with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Garrett served in various assignments to include Assistant Chief of the Personnel Services Bureau, Operations Deputy Chief, Chief Training Officer, Hazardous Materials and Investigative Services, Fire Investigations, Fire Protection Systems, and basic and field training officer. In addition, he was a member of Virginia Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team and served in various positions to include Task Force Leader, Search Team Manager, and Canine Search Specialist. He responded domestically and internationally to several notable missions to include: Oklahoma City Bombing, U.S. Embassy Bombing – Nairobi, Kenya, Pentagon 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Rita, and earthquakes in Izmit, Turkey and Touliu, Taiwan.
Garrett served as the Virginia representative for the National Fire Protection Association Public Education Network and as Public Safety Liaison and member of the senior leadership team for Fairfax 2015, World Police and Fire Games. He also served as a member of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group. Garrett spent many years serving communities responding to search missions for lost persons with his canine partners and presented at numerous national conferences.
Garrett received his bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland University College. He received his paramedic training from George Washington University and law enforcement training from the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. Garrett is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia – Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
Garrett has received numerous awards and recognition for public service and humanitarian assistance from local, state and federal agencies.