Pittsylvania County hires Public Safety Coordinator to 'reform' Fire and Rescue services

Photo of Christopher Slemp courtesy of Donan. (Photo: Donan)

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WSET) -- Christopher C. Slemp of Marion, VA will be Pittsylvania County's Public Safety Coordinator starting November 16th. He has an extensive background in working with Fire and Rescue services throughout his career.

Pittsylvania County Emergency and Communications made the announcement Tuesday of the Public Safety teams newest hire.

According to their news release, Slemp holds a BA in Business and Economics from Emory and Henry College, and an AAS in Police Science from Wytheville Community College.

Slemp currently works at Donan Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigations of Louisville, Kentucky. At Donan, he has been working as a Senior Fire Investigator and worked on active fire investigations in Virginia to determine the origin and cause.

He also held the previous position as a Deputy Fire Chief of Horry County in South Carolina. There he was responsible for the management and leadership of fire and rescue operations. We're told he worked with 500 personnel operating 38 stations during his time as Deputy Fire Chief.

From 2006 to 2014 Slemp was Battalion Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal in Hanover County Fire & EMS in Hanover County, VA, according to the Pittsylvania County Emergency and Communications new release.

He was also the Public Safety Director in Franklin County, VA for over three years in the mid 2000s.

“Pittsylvania County is fortunate to have Chris Slemp joining its team," County Administrator David Smitherman said. "Mr. Slemp will be critical in the County’s effort to reform Fire and Rescue services to ensure oversight, accountability and improved emergency response."

Slemp is a Virginia & Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic, Certified Fire Investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a Certified Fire & Explosive Investigator, according to the release.

He is also a Certified Fire Fighter Level II, Fire Instructor, Virginia Certified Hazardous Materials Responder and Operations, and an Instructor for Incident Command along with numerous other certifications and FEMA Courses.

“Chris brings considerable knowledge and a wealth of public safety response and administrative experience to our efforts,” Smitherman said.

"As part of the County’s reorganization of Public Safety, Slemp will be vital in partnering and fostering a relationship with our County’s Fire & EMS volunteers and agencies," Public Safety Director Jim Davis said.

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