Interoperability: National Guard Style

This close relationship between the National Guard and their localities ensures that local National Guard units are prepared to respond when needed.


Chief Werner is the TechZone Editor for Firehouse.com and a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine with over 60 local and national publications. As a consultant for Firehouse Magazine, Charles was instrumental in the original development and launch of Firehouse.com.

Chief Werner is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and serves the IAFC as a member of the Communications Committee and Homeland Security Council. Locally, Chief Werner serves the community on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, coordinates the Regional Emergency Planners and the City of Charlottesville Emergency Preparedness Committee. More recently, Werner participated in the emergency responder workshop for the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and participated with the Council on Excellence in Government Preparedness initiatives.

Chief Werner is a technology advocate for the fire service. He actively promotes technology and challenges fire departments and vendors to 'raise the bar' when it comes to technology. In the Firehouse.com Members Zone, Chief Werner will highlight technology issues and report on technology successes monthly. Chief Werner will receive and review such submissions for publication. If you have a technology success and you would like to submit it, please email it to wernerc@charlottesville.org. See you and your story in the Members Zone.