Mary Beth is currently a contractor with the IAFC focusing her efforts on managing the Fire Service Executive Development Institute with grants from Motorola Solutions Foundation. She also is involved with the Chief’s Edge program as a facilitator/advisor and the IAFC-IAFF Labor Management Alliance.
Prior to this she served as Deputy Executive Director, Administration and Operations Chief, at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in Fairfax, Virginia. In her position, Ms. Michos was responsible for internal operations, overseeing all the administrative departments, development and management of new programs for the fire and emergency services, and development and implementation of new educational and professional development programs.
Before coming to the IAFC, Mary Beth served for almost 13 years as the fire-ems chief in Prince William County, Virginia. In that position she led a 450-person career department, which works with 12 volunteer companies within Prince William County, Virginia as a combination Fire-EMS system. She started her career as a Critical Care Nurse. In 1973, she was hired by the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services where she spent over 21 years. She progressed up the ranks and was Assistant Chief when she left to assume her position in Prince William County.
Ms. Michos has always been very active in fire, ems and emergency management organizations throughout her career. She is a member of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Section and a member of the Metro Chiefs Section, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). She is a past chair of the Board of Directors, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs); and also served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Foundation and Virginia Fire Chiefs Association. She is also a former member of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Prehospital Subcommittee on EMS for the Institute of Medicine. Ms. Michos also served on the editorial board of Fire Chiefs’ magazine.
Ms. Michos holds a BS in Business Administration from Columbia Union College. In 1997, Ms. Michos received a fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and completed a Master’s degree in Leadership and Innovation from Marymount University in 2004. She also holds a masters certificate in Executive Coaching from George Washington University.
Over the past several years Chief Michos has been recognized for her professional achievements:
• Influential Woman in prince William County, 2017
• President’s Award – International Association of Fire Chiefs – 1999 & 2015
• Recognized as one of thirty Women of Historical Significance – Montgomery County, MD – 2002
• Level A Hazardous Materials Award – Hazardous Materials Committee, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) – 2002
• James O. Page Award EMS Leadership Award – EMS Section, IAFC – 2003
• Career Fire Chief of the Year, 2003 – Fire Chief Magazine
Mary Beth is very active in her community. She is currently past - president of the Lake Ridge Rotary and serves on the Board of Directors for the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. She was appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to the PWC Social Services Council.
Mary Beth has a married daughter Carrie-Anne (Matt) and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann.
Monday, October 19, 2020
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET