David Lewis is the current President of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company. He has been a member of the company since 1972, having served in numerous administrative and operational capacities. During his tenure with the company, he has attained numerous ProBoard certifications as Firefighter, Fire Officer, and Rescue Technician. He remains an active responder and can usually be found at the fire station as part of the Friday night duty crew.
David retired from federal service in 2002 as a division level manager over more than 100 personnel. He then held employment with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, the state’s emergency services training organization, for over 10 years. Retiring again in 2015, David continues to serve as an instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and the National Fire Academy, as well as an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for University of Maryland University College. He also serves as Maryland Director to the National Volunteer Fire Council and is active on several national level committees and initiatives.
As current President, David seeks to develop a strategic vision for the company that ensures the continued viability of a strong and active volunteer fire and EMS force to meet the changing needs of our community. In 2031, the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company will celebrate 100 years of service. As part of our strategic plan, David often quotes from Joel Barker: “Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.”
David and his wife Gloria are both active members of the volunteer fire service. They first met at the fire station and have been bounded by their interest and commitment in serving their community and their fire company.