February 1, 2024

Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Lorna B. Trent Selected into the 2024 Fire Service Executive Development Institute

Assistant Chief Lorna B. Trent selected into the 2024 Fire Service Executive Development Institute.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced that Assistant Chief Lorna B. Trent of the Virginia Beach Fire Department has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Trent competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2024 cohort program. This is the 12th year that the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided the IAFC with a grant to fund the program. The FSEDI program is considered one of the premier educational programs to prepare individuals to be successful chiefs and develop the next generation of national/international fire service leaders.

Trent has 25 years of experience in public safety and more than 20 years with the Virginia Beach Fire Department. Throughout her career, Trent has held both operational and administrative assignments including engine, ladder, and rescue companies, operational Battalion Chief, emergency management, special events, and most recently Trent is the Assistant Chief for Administrative Services and oversees Research, Analysis and Planning; Technology Bureau; Resource Management, and the Facilities Manager. Prior to this assignment, she was recognized as the Department’s first female Fire Marshal. As Fire Marshal, she managed the Fire Prevention Bureau which is tasked with fire investigations, fire inspections, life safety and public information. She is a member of the Virginia Beach Incident Management Team (VBIMT) and the Hampton Roads Incident Management Team (HRIMT), working to support the city and region during disasters.

Trent holds a current certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Systems Management, graduated from Regent University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Photo of VBFD AC Lorna Trent

The Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) is a program developed by the IAFC and funded by a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure. Members of the cohort will meet three times during the year and will also be attending the Fire-Rescue International Conference in August in Dallas, Texas. as part of the program. The group will communicate, share information between sessions, and continue their learning process using an online community on the IAFC website. Their on-site sessions are scheduled at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA with the first meeting scheduled for the week of February 3-9, 2024.After individuals complete their yearlong program they remain active members of FSEDI as part of an alumni.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials response, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest best practices and services available for first responders. In 2023, the IAFC proudly commemorates its 150th anniversary.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering, and math programming.

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