Assistant Fire Chief David Foust started his fire service career in 1981 as a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania. In 1985 he continued his volunteer service at Berwyn Heights, Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 1986 he transitioned to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) as a career fire fighter and was appointed to Truck 6, located in the Columbia Heights community. He has served the citizens and residents of the District of Columbia for over three decades.
During his tenure with DCFEMS he advanced through the ranks as a Fighter Technician (pumper driver, wagon driver, battalion aide), Sergeant (battalion aide), Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Fire Chief. His previous roles in DCFEMS included various assignments in the Fire Operations Division; and the Administrative Services Division at the Facility Maintenance Office, which involved the overall responsibility for procurement, contracts, budget, grants, daily operational repairs, capital improvements, and major renovations/repairs to over forty DCFEMS facilities.
Currently he serves as the Assistant Fire Chief of Services and oversees the Risk Management Division, Fleet Maintenance Division, Property Management Division, Training Academy, Facilities Maintenance Division, Police and Fire Clinic and Compliance.