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James City County names District Fire Chief

Date: November 8, 2005
Contact: Ruth Richey, Acting Communications Director

Phone: (757) 253-6864


James City County has named Eldridge L. "Buster" Canaday, Jr., District Fire Chief effective Nov. 16. He succeeds Joe Davis, who was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief Oct. 1.


"Buster's 28 years of experience, including 19 years as Captain, will provide a most qualified Chief Officer for the department," Fire Chief Tal Luton said.

Canaday will be assigned as Chief of the Support Services Division where he will be responsible for leadership and management of the Emergency Medical Services and Training Sections. He will also continue as the department's Safety Officer.


Canaday started with the department as a firefighter assigned to Station 2 in 1977. He had served as Fire/EMS Captain since 1985, serving as a station commander at Stations 2 and 3. For the past nine years, he has served as the department's Training Manager where he developed, coordinated and taught fire training programs. In his training role he has been a major contributor to the successful initial training of almost half the firefighters in the Fire Department. 


Canaday also has worked as the County's radiological defense officer within the Office of Emergency Management. In addition, Canaday serves as an instructor and coordinator for the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy.


He received the County's Award of Excellence for outstanding service from 1993 to 1998 and the department's Fire Chief Award in 1997 for his exemplary service. In 1984, he received the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Chief's Award. From 1979 to 1986, he served as a Fire Captain for the Williamsburg Fire Department.


Canaday attended Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson Community College. He grew up in James City County and is a graduate of Lafayette High School.


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