RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Department of Fire Programs has a new deputy director and he has ties to Louisa County.

Robert Dubé has more than four decades of experience in firefighting and emergency management, including time spent as the county administrator and fire/EMS chief and emergency services coordinator in Louisa.

"Deputy Director Dubé brings to VDFP a unique perspective as a former county government administrator, fire officer, and first responder. He understands what I call the '20,000 foot view' of leadership, yet will infuse his skills in planning and mitigation into our business operations," said VDFP Executive Director Michael Reilly. "We are ready to add his expertise to the mix of leadership here at VDFP."

He most recently served as the fire chief of the Alexandria Fire Department, from which he retired in July.

Dubé also serviced as an assistant fire chief and emergency manager for Clearwater, Florida and as a firefighter/EMT and captain for Fairfax County.

The VDFP also says he was an operations chief and task force leader for Virginia Task Force One's Urban Search and Rescue Team, during which time he responded to various incidents, including the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 and disasters in Kenya, Turkey, Taiwan and Iran.