Fire Chief David E. Layman

Chief Layman
David E. Layman was sworn in as fire chief on July 11, 2011. Before coming to Hampton he was the first Fire-EMS Chief for Caroline County. And before going to Caroline County he was with the Newport News Fire Department, where he served as an assistant chief.

Chief Layman has served in both field operations and administrative management capacities. He joined the fire service in 1980 as a volunteer firefighter with the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department in Lancaster County. His first career position was with the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety as a firefighter medic.

Chief Layman was instrumental in the development and implementation of the City and Regional Technical Rescue Program in Newport News. He has a strong background in instructional methodology and has presented fire service courses at local, state, and national levels.

He has been an adjunct instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs since the late 1980's. He also is an active member of the state Fire Programs Heavy Tactical Rescue Team, and served a two-year term as captain.

He has served as vice president/partner with PRISM Incorporated of Virginia, a private instructional firm offering fire, rescue, and emergency medical training to both the municipal and private sectors.

As a rescue team member with FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Virginia Task Force II, Chief Layman has been deployed on a variety of large scale incidents, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Pentagon attack, and numerous natural disasters.

Chief Layman has an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science from Tidewater Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration from Hampton University, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. In 2005, Chief Layman received the designation of chief fire officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence. He is a member of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and served as the Association's 2015 president.

He and his wife Wanda have two sons.