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Fire and Rescue Department Announces Three Promotions

Chief Michael P. Neuhard, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, has announced the promotion of three veteran firefighters effective Oct. 28.

Garret L. Dyer, named Deputy Chief will be assigned as the Chief Training Officer, Fire and Rescue Academy. In that role he will be responsible for all training within the department conducted at the Academy and other sites throughout the County including recruit schools, EMS training, and all other specialized areas.

Dyer began his career with the Department in 1986 assigned to Station 22 in Springfield. In 1988 he was promoted to Technician and transferred to Station 24, Woodlawn. In 1991 he rose to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to Penn Daw Station 11.

John J. Caussin, Jr., promoted to Assistant Chief, will head up Personnel Services. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Support Services.

In his new assignment, Caussin will supervise Safety and Personnel Services, Fire and Rescue Academy, Professional Standards office, Equal Employment Opportunity office, Women's Program office, and the Volunteer Liaison.

A certified National Registry Paramedic, NREMT-P, Caussin holds an Associate's Degree in Applied Science, Fire Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from Northern Virginia Community College, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from James Madison University.

Daryl L. Louder, also promoted to Assistant Chief, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Special Operations. He will become Assistant Chief of Business Services.

Louder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service Management, University of Maryland, and is currently enrolled in a masters program. He serves as the program manager for the National Capital Region-Incident Management Team and has served as a technical specialist for a Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team.

Since 2005 he has been responsible for Special Operations programs including hazardous materials, technical rescue, urban search and rescue, and marine operations. As Assistant Chief for Business Services, he will be responsible for the daily operations of Fire Prevention, Public Information and Life Safety Education, Support Services, Planning, and Fiscal Services.