Deputy Fire Administrator and Fire Chief (Retired) Glenn Gaines


Glenn A. Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2015, at his home in Leesburg. His hometown was Vienna, Virginia.

Chief Gaines was born March 19, 1943, and is survived by his wife Linda of 51 years; daughter Christy Stuart; son-in-law, Sean Stuart; and twin grandchildren, Heather and Evan.

Due to the anticipated numbers of people attending, we encourage you to plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled funeral events which are:

Viewing and visitation—2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm, Thursday, April 16, in the Main Auditorium and…

Funeral service—11am, Friday morning, April 17 in the Main Auditorium

8925 Leesburg Pike

Tysons, VA 22182

Chief Gaines began his fire service career as a member of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. During his illustrious 35 year career with Fairfax County, he served in numerous capacities, including Fire Marshal, Chief Training Officer, and Chief of Operations, culminating in his appointment as Fire Chief from August 1991 until his retirement in December 1998. He was in charge of the nationally recognized Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Urban Search and Rescue team that frequently deployed throughout the United States and internationally.

After his retirement from Fairfax County, Chief Gaines served with the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for the Department of Homeland Security from its inception in 2001 until 2009. He served as a principal architect and a member of the senior staff for three of the primary grants managed by FEMA’s Grants Program Office. He was the Agency’s lead in developing the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program in 2005.