Retired Fairfax County Fire Chief Glenn Gaines Passes
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we share with you the loss of one of our own - United States Deputy Fire Administrator and retired Fairfax County Fire Chief Glenn Gaines. Glenn was the scheduled Sports Coordinator for the Softball event for your Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games. He believed strongly for these Games and wanted to give back to Fairfax County as well as all public safety firefighters and law enforcement. We can assure you that you would have enjoyed his positive influence at the Games. He was a true public safety athlete competing in power lifting, running as well as many other sports.
Glenn A. Gaines was the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). He began his tenure in March 2009 responsible for managing USFA programs and training activities conducted at the National Emergency Training Center.
Glenn served as Fairfax County's Fire Chief from August 1991 until December 1998. He was in charge of the nationally recognized Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Urban Search and Rescue team that frequently deployed throughout the United States as well as internationally.
In May of 2010 Chief Gaines was awarded the prestigious International Association of Fire Chiefs Metropolitan Fire Chiefs President's Award of Distinction. In May of 2011 Chief Gaines was awarded the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Lifetime Achievement Award. In August of 2011 Chief Gaines was presented with the International Association of Fire Chiefs President’s Award for meritorious service to the fire service.
We lost a firefighter's firefighter. He cared deeply about each and every one of us on the streets. Glenn was so looking forward to meeting each and every one of you at the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. He was working on your softball event the morning of his passing.
Thank you Chief Gaines for your incredible service and watching out for all of us. We'll take it from here.