Battalion 1 — C Shift
Chief Jason Campbell currently serves as a field operations battalion chief for the Lynchburg Fire Department. He served as the Battalion Chief of EMS from February 2011 until January 2013, providing leadership and strategic direction for the city’s EMS and injury/illness prevention programs.
In 1998, Jason became a firefighter/paramedic with the Lynchburg Fire Department. He quickly has been promoted through the ranks, becoming the organization’s very first Master Fire Fighter (2004); promoted to Captain (2006); and Battalion Chief (2011). Throughout his tenure as an officer, Jason has led the organization’s efforts in strategic planning and integrated time and performance standards (standard of response coverage) and led the process to become and maintain accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He is known for his efforts in modernizing organizational systems and processes, adding capacity and enhancing capabilities, all by engaging employees and stakeholders.
Jason earned associate of applied science degrees from Central Virginia Community College (1995), bachelor of science degrees in business administration and public service (an interdisciplinary program of psychology, sociology and political science) from Lynchburg College (1997), a master of business administration degree from Lynchburg College (1998). In 2010, he completed a graduate certificate program in local government management at Virginia Tech, as part of the inaugural cohort of local government employees identified as potential local government executive officers. In April 2012, he successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program through the National Fire Academy.
Jason has been an active EMS provider since 1992 and today is a nationally registered paramedic and a critical care paramedic (CCEMT-P). He is an advanced life support course coordinator, an International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) affiliate faculty member, and an adjunct instructor of EMS at Central Virginia Community College. He is a certified emergency manager and has earned the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing, Center for Public Safety Excellence.
In 2004, Jason was elected to the Amherst Town Council, where he was re-elected for a second two-year term in 2006. As a member of the Amherst Town Council and the Virginia Municipal League (VML) he served as a member of the Statewide Mutual Aid Committee (Virginia Department of Emergency Management) and was appointed by then-Governor Tim Kaine to serve as VML’s representative on the Governor’s State EMS Advisory Board. In 2008, he was re-appointed to the Governor’s EMS Advisory Board, representing the Blue Ridge EMS Council.
Jason is active in professional and community groups and organizations. He is a member of the Lynchburg Exchange Club, the Lynchburg-area Children’s Miracle Network advisory board, and a member representative for the Lynchburg Hokie Club. He is an active member of the Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators (VAGEMSA), Lynchburg Fire Fighters (LFFA), Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (VFCA), and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Jason also served as the president of the Lynchburg Fire Fighters Association (2 years).
Jason has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award for Central Virginia Community College (2008) and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Lynchburg College (2009). He was recognized as one of Lynchburg’s Top 40 under 40 by Lynchburg Living magazine. In 2012, Jason was recognized by the Blue Ridge EMS Council with the regional award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services.