Emergency Service Coordinator hired
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors and the Office of the County Administrator have announced the appointment of the county’s first Emergency Service Coordinator. After a search and interview process, Mark R. Nugent, a retired Battalion Chief from the Chesterfield Department of Fire and EMS, has accepted the position.
Chief Nugent served a decorated 38-year career with Chesterfield Fire and EMS, which began in 1975 when he joined the department as a 16-year-old volunteer firefighter. Nugent was hired as a firefighter in 1978, and worked his way through the organization for the past 35 years, rising to the rank of Battalion Chief, a position he held for 14 years.
He held numerous positions throughout his rise in the organization, including Company Officer, Administrative Officer, Deputy Fire Marshal, Grants Administrator, Assistant to the Fire Chief and Operations Battalion Chief.
Chief Nugent has associate degrees in both fire science and emergency medical service management, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and development.
Chief Nugent is a member of the Central Virginia All-Hazards Incident Management Team and is the FEMA IV Marketing/Public Relations Representative for the national All-Hazards Incident Management Team Association.
In 1994, Chief Nugent was selected as the “Outstanding Company Officer of the Year,” and in 1995 he was selected as the Chesterfield County “Employee of the Year.”
Chief Nugent is actively involved in the field of Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the local and national level, and is a member of the Virginia State Firefighters Association, Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, the Virginia Emergency Management Association and International Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief Nugent has lectured extensively on the state and national level, is a published author, and is co-author of the book and website “The Community Fire Safety Operational Guide.”
Nugent is no stranger to the team of volunteer fire departments of Middlesex County, as he has worked extensively with them over the past several years through his consulting group, GenMar Solutions. The GenMar team has written grant proposals for several of the departments, which have resulted in over $500,000 of grant awards to improve the safety of the firefighters and the citizens of Middlesex County.
County administrator Matt Walker said, “Mark was instrumental in obtaining over $20 million in grants and aid to various departments over his career. I am certain we can expect big things from him as he serves our community.”
Chief Nugent said he is proud of his most recent accomplishment, which is the beginning of building his home on the shores of the Piankatank River, joining his sister and her family as a resident of Middlesex County.
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