Chief Donna Black has been in the fire service for over 22 years. She started her career as a volunteer, and has worked her way through the ranks (as both a paid and volunteer firefighter), culminating in 2006 when she was selected as the Fire Chief for the Town of Duck. She has worked to continually educate the community and collaborate with the Town Manager to increase level of service by integrating career fire positions to support the volunteer firefighter efforts. This approach has been successful in maintaining an environment of inclusiveness and providing continuity to Duck’s service demands.
Chief Black attended the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2011 and obtained a post-graduate Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from the Gillings School of Public Health at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She oversees the Emergency Operations planning for the Town. Currently, Chief Black holds her Chief Fire Officer Designation and serves as the International Director representing VCOS on the the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board of Directors. She is also the Co-Chair of the IAFC Women Chiefs Council. One of her primary aims is to continue to advocate for highly effective volunteer and combination fire departments and to address critical topics pertaining to emergency response.