City of Virginia Beach names interim fire chief

Chief David Hutcheson (Photo: Virginia Beach Fire Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach Fire Department named its interim fire chief Monday.

Chief David Hutcheson will take over for the department. As interim fire chief, he will take over for Steven Cover, who is now the Deputy City Manager of Public Safety.

Hutcheson has been a firefighter for the past 28 years, has come up through every rank in the fire department and has held many specialty assignments. He was an original member of the Technical Rescue Program and served on the Hazardous Materials Team. Hutcheson was also the first Recruiting Officer for the Virginia Beach Fire Department, and also served as the Aide to Cover and the Public Information Officer. He held operational assignments as Battalion Chief in Battalions 1 and 3 until his promotion to District Chief, where he was the C-shift Commander and then the North Division Chief.  Hutcheson was promoted to Operations Deputy Chief on July 16, 2013.

Chief Hutcheson is an original member of Virginia Task Force 2, the Virginia Beach-based FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team. As a member, he deployed to several large-scale events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the earthquake that devastated Haiti and many hurricanes along the East Coast. Hutcheson has held numerous positions on the Task Force. As Interim Virginia Beach Fire Chief, he now serves as the Task Force Leader and the Sponsoring Agency Chief.

Hutcheson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Hutcheson is currently enrolled in the Masters of Homeland Security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Post Graduate School.

Chief Hutcheson is a member of multiple professional organizations, as well, including: the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Virginia Fraternal Order of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Virginia State Fire Chiefs, where he serves on the executive board.