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James Schwartz was named Fire Chief for the Arlington County Fire Department in June 2004. Chief Schwartz has been with Arlington Fire for 24 years and has served a variety of fire department positions. Prior to becoming chief, he served as assistant chief of operations, overseeing all response-related activities, including fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue response, incident management, and operational training. His service has also included an assignment to the Office of the County Manager where he served as director of Emergency Management until his appointment to Fire Chief. Chief Schwartz chairs the Sustainment Committee for Arlington County’s Metropolitan Medical Response System, a federally funded program that focuses on the integration of a community’s response capabilities for mass casualty incidents. He is also a member of the Interagency Board on Equipment Standardization, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Committee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.