Fire Chief James Bonzano worked his last day on Friday August 24th. Chief Bonzano closed out a 34 year career serving the county where he was born.
He joined the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) in 1984, and has worked in numerous positions in his three decades with the department, eventually being name Fire Chief in May of 2016. He served and led in nearly every section of the department. Bonzano served as Acting Assistant Chief, South Deputy Chief, Personnel Services Section Chief, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Battalion Chief. Following the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he served as the EMS branch director for the emergency response.
Assistant Chief Joseph Reshetar will serve as the Acting Fire Chief while Arlington County continues it’s search for the new Fire Chief.