Chesterfield County has named Thomas Tucker as its new director of emergency communications. He has served as interim co-director of the Emergency Communications Center since October 2018. In his new role as director, Tucker will oversee the daily operations of the ECC, which receives an average of 514 calls for service each day, while managing its programs and setting goals to achieve the department’s mission of assisting its public safety partners and the public when an incident occurs. Prior to coming to Chesterfield, Tucker worked with Colonial Heights Volunteer Fire & EMS and the Virginia National Guard Fire & Rescue. He joined Chesterfield Fire & EMS in 1995 as a recruit and steadily rose in rank to battalion chief. In addition to being a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician, Tucker has served as a fire training instructor and is trained in the Incident Command System, or ICS, which is a standardized organizational system for the effective and efficient coordination of emergency response.