Andrew Snead

Andrew Snead

Fire Personnel Coordinator Henrico County Division, VA

Mr. Andrew D. Snead is the Henrico County Division of Fire Personnel Coordinator.   Andrew is responsible for developing a structured recruitment and retention program including marketing, advertising, and community outreach efforts. This position oversees and manages the hiring and promotional processes for the Division of Fire. He serves as the coordinator for the Division of Fire Human Relations Committee and has served in this role since August 2014.

Andrew concluded his thirty-three-year uniformed fire service career as the Assistant Fire-EMS Chief of Operations with Alexandria Fire Department in Alexandria, Virginia.  He served in that role from November 2008 to August 2014. He was responsible for the day to day emergency and non-emergency operations of the Alexandria Fire Department.  His last six months with the City of Alexandria he served in the role of interim Fire Chief.  His previous fire service experience includes twenty-six years with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, retiring as a Deputy Fire Chief in 2008.  His assignments in Fairfax included leadership positions in a wide range of areas including operations, support services, EMS, human resources, and safety.

Throughout his decorated career, Andrew has been committed to the mission of ensuring that the fire service mirrors the community they serve.  His hallmark work in Fairfax County began in 1985 when he co-authored and implemented the nationally recognized Minority Outreach Recruitment Effort.  This program is still active and has accounted for approximately 500 minority and female firefighters hired in Fairfax County.   In his role as Assistant Fire Chief in Alexandria Fire Department he developed and implemented a process that resulted in the hiring of over 100 ethnically, racially, culturally, and socially diverse firefighters and paramedics.   In his 4 1/2 years with Henrico County he has increased the number of female firefighters by 120 percent; the number of black male firefighters by 60 percent; and the number of Hispanic firefighters by 60 percent.  Andrew is recognized as a premier motivational speaker who can clearly articulate the organization’s vision in a way all members can understand and relate.

A native of Goochland County, Virginia, Andrew attended Goochland County Public Schools, graduating with Honors.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a major in Urban Studies and Planning.  Andrew attended Northern Virginia Community College to earn his Advanced Life Support certification.  He subsequently attended George Washington University to obtain his National Registry of Emergency Technician Paramedic certification.  He is a 2007 Executive Fire Officer Program graduate from the National Fire Academy.