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Meet Williamsburg’s new fire chief

David Eagle has been selected as the new Fire Chief for the Williamsburg Fire Department. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
David Eagle has been selected as the new Fire Chief for the Williamsburg Fire Department. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

Williamsburg has a new fire chief.

On Wednesday, City Manager Andrew Trivette announced the appointment of David Eagle as the city’s fire chief.

Eagle will start on Oct. 15. He replaces Pat Dent, who retired at the end of June, according to a news release from the city.

“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected to lead such an outstanding team of professionals,” Eagle said. “I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve the Williamsburg community.”

The position will incorporate aspects of Eagle’s 24 years of experience in fire and emergency medical services. Eagle started in the field in 1995 as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Danville Fire Department. 

Following that, Eagle became assistant fire marshal, fire marshal and fire chief for the Danville Fire Department where he was responsible for a $9 million budget and 145 emergency personnel. 

During his time in Danville, he brought the district to an accredited status recognized by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and to an Insurance Services Office Class One rating, officials said.

Additionally, under Eagle, the department started using mobile data terminals to assist medical devices in the field. This is done by providing geographic information system mapping, which improved patient outcomes by allowing 15 heart monitor readings to be sent from the field to the hospital.

In coordination with the Virginia Fire Chief Association, Eagle was selected through an interview panel comprised of select fire chiefs from across the state.

According to the news release, there were 40 fire service personnel considered, out of which five were interviewed, including Eagle.

As fire chief, Eagle will plan and direct programs, activities and services for the fire department that coincide with the mission and strategic goals of the city, officials said.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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