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CHARLES WERNER, EFO/CFO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 39-year veteran of the fire service and chief of the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. He serves on the Charlottesville Regional Emergency Communications Management Board, Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFECOM Executive Committee, National Alliance for Public Safety GIS, National Information Sharing Consortium and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Technology Council. He was recently appointed by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Advisory Committee. Werner is a past president of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.