Command Staff

Jon Henschel

Fire Chief Jon Henschel

Chief Jon Henschel has 30 years of fire and rescue experience with volunteer and career agencies.  He has spent the last 22 years with the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department.  During his career, he has served as firefighter/paramedic, sergeant, lieutenant and battalion chief.  Chief Henschel is certified as a Fire Officer IV, Hazmat Technician, and Nationally Registered Paramedic.  He is actively involved with the Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council where he currently serves as president, and he sits on the Virginia Governor’s EMS Advisory Board where he serves as administrative coordinator.  Chief Henschel is a graduate of the Virginia Fire Officer’s Academy, the Executive Fire Officer’s Program through the National Fire Academy, and he has achieved designations as Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing. 

Education

  • AAS (Fire Science), Tidewater College
  • BS (Fire Administration), Columbia Southern University
  • MS (Emergency Services Management), Columbia Southern University
  • MA (Organizational Leadership, Fire/Rescue Executive Leadership), Waldorf University

Organizations & Memberships

  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Lord Fairfax EMS Council
  • National Fire Academy Alumni Association
  • International Association of Firefighters
  • Virginia Fire Chiefs Association
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Virginia Emergency Management Association

 

James Orndorff

Assistant Chief James (JD) Orndorff

Assistant Chief Orndorff began his career with the department in 2000. In his 19 years of experience he has been in many roles starting as a firefighter/EMS Specialist to his current role. He is currently certified as a NREMT-P, fire officer IV, and hazmat technician. He is also an educator and training center faculty for CPR, ACLS, PALS. Along with affiliate faculty for ITLS. Chief Orndorff is responsible for the training, health and safety division.

Education

  • BS Fire Science Administration, Waldorf University

Organizations & Memberships

  • Virginia Fire Chief Association
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Fire Department Safety Officer Association
  • International Association of Fire Service Instructors
  • National Association of EMTs

Awards and Recognition

  • Graduate of Virginia Fire Officer Academy (2008)
  • Lord Fairfax EMS Council – Outstanding Pre-hospital Educator (2008, 2011, 2013)
  • Sons of the American Revolution EMS Award (2014)
  • Incident Commander for Virginia Fire Officer Academy (2017)
  • Lord Fairfax EMS Council- Outstanding Achievement in EMS (2018)

 

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jeremy Luttrell

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jeremy Luttrell has over 20 years of fire and rescue experience.  He holds an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lord Fairfax Community College.  Fire Marshal Luttrell achieved the designation of Fire Official in 2016 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  He is a certified Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Public Educator and Law Enforcement Officer through the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy.  He is currently certified as a Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor II and Emergency Medical Technician.

During his career, he has served as a Firefighter/EMS Specialist, Sergeant, Assistant Fire Marshal, and Interim Fire Marshal. In May of 2012 he was promoted to the position of Fire Marshal.

Education

  • AAS, Lord Fairfax Community College

Organizations & Memberships

  • VFPA – Virginia Fire Prevention Association
  • IAAI – International Association of Arson Investigators, Virginia Chapter
  • IFMA – International Fire Marshal Association
  • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
  • ICC – International Code Council

 

Matt DeHaven

Deputy Chief R. Matthew DeHaven

Deputy Chief Matt DeHaven has over 30 years of fire and rescue experience with  the Winchester Fire & Rescue Department. DC DeHaven began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Friendship Fire Company in 1998. Over the last 25 years, DC DeHaven has served as a career firefighter with the City of Winchester. DC DeHaven has served in several different capacities including: Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/EMS Specialist, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief. DC DeHaven is certified as an National Registry Paramedic, Fire Officer IV,  Hazmat Technician and as a Tactical Paramedic. DC DeHaven serves as the team leader for the department’s Tactical Emergency Medical Operations team and is also the department’s Peer Fitness Coordinator. He is a certified Fire Instructor, International Trauma Life Support Instructor, and a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Instructor. In addition, DC DeHaven also serves as an Adjunct Instructor with Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training.

Education

  • AS Fire Science, Pikes Peak Community College
  • Fire Science Certificate, Lord Fairfax Community College

Organizations & Memberships

  • Special Operations Medical Association
  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • International Association of Fire Fighters,
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce, VALOR AWARD, Unit Citation
  • Winchester Fire and Rescue Career Firefighter of the Year
  • Winchester Fire & Rescue Volunteer Firefighter of the Year

 

Battalion Chief Timothy Vaught

Battalion Chief Timothy J. Vaught has 20 years of fire and rescue experience.  He began his fire service career as a volunteer with Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue in 2001 and continues to volunteer with the department.  He was hired for Winchester Fire and Rescue in 2005.  In his time with Winchester, he has served in prior operational roles as firefighter/EMT, Master Technician, and Lieutenant.  He currently serves on the department’s Tactical Emergency Medical Operator team of which he was the program leader from February 2015 to 2019.  BC Vaught currently serves as a pilot for the City’s small unmanned aircraft system (drone) team.  He is currently certified as Fire Officer III, EMT-Paramedic, Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, a licensed sUAS operator with the Federal Aviation Administration and holds many technical rescue certifications.  Administratively he has served on the department’s radio committee, hose committee, and maintains the department’s electronic emergency notification software.

Education

  • City of Winchester Leadership 101
  • Graduate of the Virginia Fire Officer Academy

Organizations & Memberships

  • International Association of Firefighters
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Virginia Fire Chiefs Association
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 Lord Fairfax EMS Council Outstanding EMS Administrator
  • 2020 Veterans of Foreign Wars Paramedic Award
  • 2019 Lifesaving Award from Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Valor Awards
  • Fire Officer credential from Center for Public Safety Excellence

 

Larry Baker

Battalion Chief Larry M. Baker, Jr.

Battalion Chief Larry M. Baker, Jr., a second-generation firefighter, has over 27 years of career and volunteer experience with the City of Winchester, Fire and Rescue Department. He has served as a firefighter, Sergeant, Lieutenant and now as a Battalion Chief.

Education

  • District of Columbia, Fire Academy 
  • City of Winchester, Excell Leadership Academy
  • Virginia Fire Officer Academy

Organizations & Memberships

  • City of Winchester, Fire and Rescue, Hose and Appliance Committee Chair
  • City of Winchester, Fire and Rescue, Personal Protective Equipment Committee Member
  • Winchester/Frederick County, Command Work Group Member
  • Winchester/Frederick County, Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team Member

Career Highlights

  • Battalion Chief, City of Winchester Fire and Rescue, B shift
  • 23-year career with Winchester Fire and Rescue
  • Standardization of fire hose and hose loads on all WFRD engine companies
  • Evaluation of PPE and develop specs.
  • Department compliance with NFPA 1851, standard for PPE maintenance

 

Battalion Chief Drew P. DeHaven

Battalion Chief Drew DeHaven began his fire service career at the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, MD over 15 years ago. In 2009, he was hired by the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department beginning his career at South End Fire Company.  Drew is a 2nd generation firefighter who has followed in his father’s footsteps taking advantage of every training and learning opportunity to assist in his career development. Drew has progressed through the ranks as a Firefighter/EMT to Technician when he then became a National Registered Paramedic. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with an assignment to Friendship Fire Company on A-shift. In 2017, he transferred to the Training, Health, and Safety division to assist with multiple department-wide initiatives. The main focus during his time in administration was the facilitation of recruit training programs, department training initiatives, EMS-related recertifications, the field training officer program, and post-incident analyses. Currently, he is assigned as the Battalion Chief for C-shift, stationed at South End Fire Company. In addition to his responsibilities on C-shift, he manages the department’s radio communication project, pre-incident planning committee and continues to assist in the department’s various training initiatives.

Education

  • ASS Fire Science, American Public University

Awards and Recognition

  • Graduate of the Virginia Fire Officers Academy