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2020 Election RESULTS

Eastern Director

Michael Johnson
FDSOA Eastern Director, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue - Battalion Chief 

For those that do not know a lot about me I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some of my professional background.  I started my fire service career as a volunteer Firefighter in Williamsport, MD in 1990, in which I served for 10 years. Starting in 1996 I spent seven years as a career Firefighter for the City of Martinsburg, WV Fire Department.

In 2003 I was hired by Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, VA, which is a large combination system in Northern Virginia that employs approximately 650 career employees and over 1,000 volunteer members. Since my hiring I have promoted through the ranks of Firefighter, Technician, Lieutenant, Captain and to my current rank of Battalion Chief.  Throughout my career in Loudoun County I have been assigned to various areas of the Department to include: Recruit Training, Operations, Hazardous Materials Response, Special Operations and am currently assigned as the Battalion Chief of the Office of Health, Safety and Wellness.
I am active in various committees to include serving as the Chair of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue Systems Health, Safety and Wellness Committee, and a facilitator for the Department’s Vehicle Accident Review Committee. Additionally, I represent the Department on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Health and Safety Committee, which is composed of 17 jurisdictions in the Washington D.C. region.

Western Director

Lance Vinson
FDSOA Western Director, City of Amarillo Fire - Safety Captain

Lance entered the Fire Service in 2001. At that time he was working for a large uniform delivery service company and decided to enroll in the local fire academy. During that year he became a member of a rural volunteer fire department. He was a member of the volunteer service for 7 years and served as an assist chief during that time. Following graduation from the fire academy Lance began his first career assignment working as a firefighter at a DOE facility. The work done at this nuclear weapons plant gave him a greater understanding of strong safety culture, and also yielded a firm understanding of the industrial fire service. He worked there until 2005. In April 2005 Lance lost one of his friends in a LODD from falling out of a moving apparatus while responding to a structure fire. Following that event, Lance left the DOE facility, and began working for the Amarillo Fire Department. He is currently serves as the Captain in charge of the Safety program, with close to 14 years experience in his current city. Lance’s views on safety, tactics, culture and education continue to evolve; he strives to make positive impacts on today’s fire service. Lance is married to an RN at a local trauma center, and they have two daughters. As a family they enjoy camping, hiking, and hunting. The Vinson family also loves baseball and travels to watch live games several times a year.

International Director

Trevor Shea
City of Woodstock - Deputy Fire Chief

I am currently the Deputy Fire Chief of the City Of Woodstock Fire department. I started my carrier in the Fire Service in 1995 as a member of The Pas Manitoba Fire Department. During my time in The Pas, I also served as a medic for their Ambulance service.

When I returned to Southern Ontario, I was quickly hired by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES), where I served 19 years. During my time at MFES, I wore several hats Firefighter, Company Officer, Training Officer, Division Chief of Professional Development and Accreditation, and Division Chief of Operations and Communications. I obtained my Safety Officer accreditation through FDSOA during my time as a Training Officer and have been able to apply that valuable knowledge during training and emergency responses over my career.

I have also served on health and safety committees as a committee member in MFES and as Co-chair in Woodstock. I also pride myself on being a leader in all levels of the Fire Service's overall wellness. I was the MFES management chair of the Wellness Fitness Initiative (WFI) committee. That committee offered me opportunities to develop curriculum and programs that benefitted everyone's total wellness on MFES, both physically and mentally. One of my proudest achievements on that committee was spearheading obtaining one of the Fire Services' first Service Dogs in Canada. The result was adding Ajax, the service dog, to the MFES WFI team. I was also honoured to be a member of the Employee Family Assistance Program  (EFAP) for the whole City of Mississauga. This opportunity allowed me to tailor the EFAP program for the fire service so that frontline Firefighters could receive treatment and care over and above the standard City plan.

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