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City fire department adds deputy chief

Daniel Chavous

Hendersonville Fire Department announced last month the hiring of Deputy Chief of Operations Daniel Chavous to the organization.

He joins Fire Chief D. James Miller, Deputy Chief of Administration Justin Ward and Fire Marshal Ted Williams in leading the department.

“We are thrilled to bring Deputy Chief Chavous on board to lead the operational activities of our growing department,” Miller said.

A third-generation firefighter, Chavous most recently served as Battalion Chief for the Charleston Fire Department in South Carolina. In Charleston, he worked his way through the ranks serving as a firefighter, assistant engineer, engineer, captain, and battalion chief.

“Some of my earliest memories as a child were going to the fire department with my dad and riding on the fire truck,” Chavous said. “Those memories left a profound impact on my life.” He explained he knew he wanted to be a firefighter at an early age and said he has been blessed to have worked in previous organizations that supported the career growth that led him to Hendersonville.

“I’m honored to be in a position to help others on our team develop and grow personally and professionally,” said Chavous.

Chavous obtained a master's degree in  Fire/Rescue Leadership from Waldorf University and holds a bachelor of science in fire administration and an associate in applied science in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University and Aiken Technical College, respectively. Additional certifications include Hazardous Materials Incident Management, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Blue Card Incident Commander, IFSAC Fire Officer III, and National Registry EMT – Basic. In 2022 Chavous served as the Emergency Response Team Co-Chief for Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC, and since 2009 has been a Hazmat Operations Officer on the S.C. Low Country WMD Regional Response Team.

Outside of his work in the fire service Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife and their children, ages 14, 10 and 2. He and the family look forward to exploring outdoor activities in the WNC mountains.