Impacting the Community … and his Life

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As Joseph “Bart” Bartos watched the town’s fire engine going on calls, he wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter. In 1995, after his curiosity got the best of him, he joined the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. Little did he know at the time that his adventures and experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMT would be the starting point of a rewarding career.

At a critical time in his life, Bart received training in firefighting and emergency medical care that gave him the knowledge, purpose and direction that he had lacked up to that point. And he loved the volunteer work so much that he decided to pursue a career as a firefighter. In August 2000, he was hired by Henrico County where he still works today as an engine company lieutenant.

In 2003, Bart left the West Point Volunteer Fire Department to focus on his family and career. However, the call to serve his community brought him back to the department by 2009, where he currently serves as fire chief. In addition to helping provide a great service to the community, Bart has made it a priority to help other members of the department achieve their dreams—whether it’s to become career firefighters or obtain their degree from a college or university. “It (volunteering with the fire department) can benefit you. With the knowledge, skills and ability you gain, you can get a rewarding job helping other.” And by helping the department’s members reach their goals, the chief knows that the community also benefits.

When he is not at a fire station, Bart spends quality time with his wife of 15 years, Suzanne, and 9-year-old daughter, Lindsey, works in his yard and plays with the family’s Dalmatian.

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