City’s First Career Firefighter Retires

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After an impressive 52-year career in fire services, Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Wade C. House is retiring.  He was the first career firefighter in the Manassas Volunteer Fire Station, serving as a career member with Prince William County, the 9th career firefighter on Prince William Countys Fire and Rescue employee roster.  On Jan. 3, 2011 he came back to his roots in Manassas as a career firefighter, this time as an employee for the City of Manassas. 
He began serving as the interim Assistant Chief.  Not long after, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief for the City.  In the five years that have followed, House has provided a career’s worth of expertise and guidance.  He has worked hard on projects such as the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue System’s first fleet plan, first consolidated budget, and first strategic plan.  The fleet plan included the purchase of a new Engine, Tower Ladder, and Medic Units. 
More recently, Deputy Chief House has worked tirelessly with the Chief, City Manager and City Council to fund the new Fire and Rescue Station 521.  In addition to his role in the City, he has assisted in growing regional relationships and partners by serving as the Chair of the Northern Virginia Fire Chiefs Senior Operations Committee, a position he has held for the last year and a half. 
On Monday Aug. 22, Deputy Chief House will be recognized in front of the City of Manassas Council with a resolution outlining his distinguished service to the City, as a career and volunteer.

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