Acting Deputy State Coordinator, Disaster Services, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Chief Charles L. Werner (Charlottesville Fire Chief Emeritus)- Charles Werner recently served as the acting deputy state coordinator and senior advisor with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He presently serves as a national public safety advisor on Rail Responder Apps, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, FirstNet, NG911, Situational Awareness, GIS and interoperability. Charles has served 42 years in the fire service, retiring as Charlottesville's fire chief in 2015. Chief Werner has over 100 nationally published articles and continues as a contributing editor to Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse.com and is a regular contributor to Urgent Communications, sUAS News and Fire Rescue 1. Charles also serves on the Board of the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Technology Council, Advisory Council of the National Information Sharing Consortium, the Association of American Railroads Public Safety Rail Advisory Committee and the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee. Chief Werner is the chair of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on UAS, chairs the International Public Safety Association UAS Committee and chairs the National Council on Public Safety UAS.