Garrett Dyer Appointed as Executive Director of VDFP

RICHMOND – March 18, 2022 – Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the appointment of Garrett Dyer as Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.

Dyer, who has served as Acting Executive Director since January 2021, will oversee 79 full-time employees and more than 300 adjunct instructors used to deliver more than 130 courses to Virginia’s fire service. In addition, he will manage the enforcement provisions of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code.

Dyer is an accomplished public safety professional with more than 35 years of fire and emergency service experience. He began his career with the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department and became a career firefighter and nationally registered paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Dyer served in Fairfax County for 30 years and rose through the ranks to Assistant Fire Chief. He joined VDFP in 2018 as the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Chief before becoming the State Fire Marshal.

Dyer received his bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland University College. He received his paramedic training from George Washington University and law enforcement training from the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. Dyer is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia – Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.