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Felicia Barnes Becomes the First Black Women To Be Fire Battalion Chief in Fairfax County, Virginia

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Felicia Barnes continues to make history. On Tuesday, she was promoted to battalion chief with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the title. 

Battalion Chief Barnes has been a member of the department for over 21 years. Before becoming a firefighter, she served as a police officer with the Fairfax County Police Department.

Since graduating in 2002, she has worked in various roles throughout the department, and served as a firefighter in Fairfax and Merrifield.  After transferring to the Fire and Rescue Training Academy, Barnes worked with recruits in basic training. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and served as an officer in communications. After reaching the rank of captain, Banes worked in the 911 dispatch center and as captain of the Fire Prevention Section.

In 2020, she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to safety officer. Most recently, Barnes served as Fire Station 37, Kingstowne, making it the first fire station in Fairfax County to have all three shifts led by women.

Writer:@rayvensierraa--Source: WUSA9📸:Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department --Follow More at #BlackGirlNews @itsblackgirlnews


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