Arlington County Fire Chief James Bonzano will retire at the end of the summer, following a 34-year career in the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD).
“Jimmy has dedicated his career and his life to Arlington County and the people who live and work here, and I thank him for all he has done in his more than three decades of service,” said Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz. “His commitment to strong and progressive leadership has ensured the safety of our community.”
“I was born in Arlington, and it has been my privilege to serve the community I love for 34 years,” said Bonzano. “The time has come to slow down and spend time with my family. I am honored to have led the dedicated men and women of the Arlington County Fire Department, and I am proud of what we have achieved together.”
Bonzano has served as Fire Chief since May 2016. He joined ACFD in 1984, and he has served and led in nearly every section of the department. Bonzano has served as 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 Sept. 11, 2001, he served as the EMS branch director for the emergency response.
During his career, he has forged partnerships with community and regional organizations in fire prevention and EMS programs. He serves on committees for both the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Northern Virginia Chiefs Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Dominion Hospital and as a Board Member for the Northern Virginia Community College EMS Program.
The County recently started a search for Bonzano’s replacement.