Meet the Fire Chief

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Dennis L. Rubin

Dennis L. Rubin was appointed Fire Chief of the City of Petersburg, Virginia on May 15, 2017. Chief Rubin’s experience spans more than 30 years. He has served as a line firefighter, company officer, command officer, and chief of the department in several major US Cities.

In 1994, Rubin was the President of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia. Chief Rubin hosted the 1999 Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association Conference held in Dothan, Alabama. He was appointed to several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as the Safety Committee and Program Committee Chair.  Rubin is the Ad Hoc Co-Chair for the Wingspread Conferences.

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Chief Rubin’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Sci ence Degree in Fire Administration from the University of Maryland and Associates in Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Management from the Northern Virginia Community College. Rubin is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Course in Homeland Security. Rubin is a certified emergency manager (CEM); and a certified incident safety officer as well has obtained the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) and Chief Medical Officer Designation (CMOD) bestowed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. 

Rubin’s teaching credentials are significant. Rubin is an adjunct faculty member with several state fire-rescue training agencies and at the National Fire Academy. Rubin is a popular lecturer at local, state, national and international venues. Rubin has been a member of seven National Fire Academy course development teams. Included among the development teams that Rubin has served on are: Incident Command, Infection Control for the Fire Service, and Tactical Operations.

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Rubin is the author of several emergency service textbooks. His first release is entitled Rube’s Rules for Survival. This book is a collection of case studies dealing with the important topic of fire fighter safety.  The next book that Rubin released was Rube’s Rules for Leadership.  The Chief discusses his 13 core values and describes how each can be applied to improve one’s personal leadership capabilities. Chief Rubin’s third book, DC FIRE was released at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) by Fire Engineering Books.  Finally, Chief Rubin is nearing completion of his fourth textbook It’s Always About Leadership, watch for it to appear sometime in 2018. Chief Rubin contributes to several fire-rescue service publications and has written more than 200 technical articles relating to fire-rescue department operations, administration, training, & safety.  

Chief Dennis Rubin has three grown children: Dennis II; Andrea; Ashley and one grandson named Luke. Dennis loves being outdoors and is an avid sports fan supporting all of his hometown professional teams.