George H. Alexander

George H. Alexander (July 10, 1931 – November 22, 1993) was the director of fire and rescue services for Fairfax County from 1971 to 1982.

Alexander graduated from Mount Vernon High School.[1]

As a marine, Alexander worked as a firefighter and as post fire inspector at Fort Belvoir.[1]

Alexander began his career as a volunteer firefighter at the Penn Daw Fire Station in Alexandria.[2] In 1957, Alexander joined the county as an assistant fire marshal.[2]

In 1963, Alexander became deputy chief fire marshal, and in 1967, deputy administrator of fire services.[1]

Alexander was appointed as director of fire and rescue services by a 7-1 vote of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on January 27, 1971.[3]

Alexander retired on December 24, 1982.[2]

Following his retirement from the county, Alexander was appointed by Governor Charles Robb as director of fire programs for the state of Virginia in 1983, retiring the following year.[1]

In 1988, he moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida.[1]


Alexander married the former Eleanor Dodson, with whom he had two sons, George Jr. and Walter.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "George Alexander, 62, retired fire chief." The Washington Times, 30 Nov. 1993, 2, CMETROPOLITAN TIMESOBITUARIES, p. C9. NewsBank. Accessed 15 Jan. 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sauve, Frances. "People." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Nov 17 1982. ProQuest. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.
  3. Bredemeier, Kenneth "Fairfax County Names Fire, Rescue Director." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Jan 28 1971. ProQuest. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.