A longtime member of Roanoke County Fire & Rescue has been named its new chief.
Travis Griffith will take over to lead the department Monday, stepping up from his perch as deputy chief of operations. He has been with the department since 2002, serving as a firefighter/EMT, lieutenant, captain and battalion chief.
He succeeds Chief Steve Simon, who retired last month.
“I am humbled to have been chosen to stand beside the women and men of this great department as their Fire Chief,” said Griffith. “I am thankful to have received this opportunity and everything we do will continue to be based around providing superior service to those in need.” During his tenure, according to the county, Griffith has coordinated and implemented almost $5 million in federal funding for the department for equipment and staffing.