Hoover named chief of Colonial Heights fire and EMS

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Following the retirement of Fire Chief A.G. Moore, Deputy Chief T. Wayne Hoover has been named the new chief of fire and EMS for the City of Colonial Heights effective May 6.

Hoover, a member of the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors, becomes only the third paid fire chief in the history of the organization.

“The city is very fortunate to have an exceptional in-house candidate in Wayne Hoover to serve as our new chief. Chief Hoover brings extensive fire and EMS experience from serving Colonial Heights and other organizations as well,” Colonial Heights City Manager Douglas Smith said.

Hoover started in fire and emergency medical services as a volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member with Victoria Fire and Rescue Inc. in 1986 where he is still involved as a volunteer paramedic and life member. Upon graduating high school, he began working for the Petersburg Fire Department in January 1989. Hoover has served with the City of Colonial Heights Fire and EMS Department since 1993 including service as a battalion chief from 1996 to 2018 and as deputy chief beginning in 2018. Wayne has most recently been serving in the role of acting fire chief for the city.

Chief Hoover has been part of the City of Colonial Heights Emergency Management Team for major storms, floods, hurricanes and other large-scale incidents including the tornado of 1993, Hurricane Isabel, and COVID-19. Hoover has been the project lead for many grants and projects that have increased the level of service the city has been able to provide.

He currently holds a degree in emergency medical services. Hoover and his wife Sandy have five children and two grandchildren.