Deputy Chief Joe Powers
Join host Chris Baker and guest Deputy Chief Joe Powers as they discuss embracing career opportunities, cultivating positive relationships, and building sustainability in the fire service. During this episode, they also discuss the Vision 20/20 Project and the value of community risk reduction through risk assessments, establishing partnerships and building more resilient communities.
Deputy Chief Joe Powers is a 28-year fire service veteran and holds a Master's in Public Administration and a Bachelor's in Health Sciences. Both locally and internationally, he works with fire departments to improve operational response, reduce operational workload, and tie data to strategic decision-making. Chief Powers is the Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction at the Charlottesville (VA) Fire Department. He believes the value of the industry is not only in response but in building more resilient communities through risk assessment, partnerships, and matching resources to needs. Additionally, Chief Powers works closely with the Center for Public Safety Excellence, an IAFC board member for the Fire & Life Safety Section, a steering committee member for Vision 20/20, and frequently speaks at conferences on CRR and strategic planning and fire service data. He lives outside of Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and two boys.