Office of the Fire Chief 

Christopher J. AndersonAnderson_CJ

Interim Fire Chief

Chief Christopher “Chris” Anderson has been proudly serving the Hanover community for over twenty-five (25) years with his diverse background and experience in emergency services.   His career began in 1996 as a volunteer firefighter in Hanover, Virginia. In 2001, the Commonwealth of Virginia hired Chris as a firefighter/medic with the Fort Pickett Fire Department in Blackstone, Virginia, after which Hanover County Fire-EMS hired him in 2002. Chief Anderson’s professional development has earned him promotions through the ranks from firefighter/medic to lieutenant, battalion chief, and assistant chief. He has proudly served in operational management positions, including his role as Assistant Chief, where Chief Anderson directly supervised the battalion chiefs in operations, training, the fire marshal’s office, public information, and staff from emergency management and information technology.

Chief Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Management, and an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services. Chief Anderson received the Fire Official for Hanover County designation through the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Housing Development. Further, he received the Certified Fire Investigators designation from the International Association of Arson Investigators, and he maintains his certification as a paramedic through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Cindy ButlerCindy Dimond

Assistant to the Chief

Cindy has over 25 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant, with her most recent role being the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Cindy provides administrative support to ensure the efficient operation of the office. She Supports all members through a variety of tasks related to the organization and communication. She is vital to our success and helps the Department improve efficiency. Cindy was born and raised in Henrico, Virginia, and now resides in Chesterfield. 

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W. Blake Stephens

Assistant Chief, Community Engagement

Walter Blake Stephens has served the Hanover community for over 15 years with a diverse and extensive background. His career in public safety began in Chesterfield County as a volunteer member in 2001. In 2008 his career with Hanover County began, where he earned promotions from firefighter to captain and now assistant chief. After serving in operations as an engine company officer, he was promoted and transitioned into the fire marshal’s office. In his current position, Chief Stephens oversees Community Engagement, which includes Information Technology, Public Information, Emergency Management, and the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Blake Stephens obtained his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Master’s degree from the University of Richmond. He is a certified national registered paramedic and one of the department’s RSI (Rapid Sequence Intubation) medics, and he maintains his investigator/inspector training requirements. Additionally, Blake Stephens is a certified law enforcement officer under Title 27 of the Code of Virginia. He obtained this certification through the Virginia Fire Marshals Academy. The combination of emergency medical and law enforcement training has allowed Blake Stephens to serve as a tactical medic for the Hanover Sheriff’s High-Risk Entry Team.

David C. Johnston

Assistant Chief, Administration Johnston_DC (new)

David “DJ” Johnston is the Assistant Chief of Administration and Training for Hanover Fire-EMS. He began his career as an Emergency Medical Technician and quickly realized his passion for emergency medicine and furthered his education by becoming a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Joining Hanover Fire-EMS in January of 2007, he has been blessed to serve in many functions throughout the county and has cherished the relationships he has built. Working as a Lieutenant in Operations, serving as the EMS Captain, Battalion Chief in Operations, and Public Information Officer for Hanover Fire-EMS have all been valuable experiences in learning the many functions of the fire service. Chief Johnston has also served on the Technical Rescue Team for many years and as the Chair of the Central Virginia Flammable Liquids Task Force. Chief Johnston works with the Human Resources Division, Team Logistics, the Training Team, and the Budget. Chief Johnston is very thankful for his family and their steadfast support of his career with Hanover Fire-EMS.

B. Wade SanderSanders_BW

Assistant Chief, Operations 

Chief Sanders has served with Hanover since June 1999 and has filled many positions within the department, including leading our Training Division as the Battalion Chief. Chief Sanders has been an integral part of building the Incident Management Team. He began his service to others as a US Army Medic and was proud to continue service with Hanover for the last 23 years. He is especially proud of his family, including his wife, Danielle, and his daughters, Abigail and Cassidy.