James Schwartz was named Fire Chief for Arlington County Fire Department in June 2004. Chief Schwartz has been with Arlington Fire for 24 years and has served a variety of fire department positions before becoming Fire Chief. Among those assignments, he served as Assistant Chief of Operations, overseeing all response-related activities, including fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue response, incident management and operational training. His service also included an assignment to the Office of the County Manager where he served as Director of Emergency Management until his appointment to Fire Chief. Chief Schwartz chairs the Sustainment Committee for Arlington County’s Metropolitan Medical Response System, a federally funded program that focuses on the integration of a community’s response capabilities for mass casualty incidents. He is also a member of the Interagency Board on Equipment Standardization, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Committee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Chief Schwartz serves on the Board of Regents for Leadership Arlington, an organization that develops and connects leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors of Arlington. Chief Schwartz graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration.
Leadership in Crises
Whether it's a natural disaster, an industrial accident, or a terrorist attack, or other catastrophe, a crisis usually hits with no warning.
General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar
The General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar is designed by Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership specifically for the National Guard and the United States Coast Guard.