AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Augusta County Fire-Rescue's new chief now has one week under his belt.

Chief David Nichols started his new role February 1.

He assumes his role in the valley with 30 years of experience in fire service and he brings a background in volunteerism to the station since he started out as a volunteer.

Nichols says he's spent the week in meetings and getting to know the people he serves, which he says is one of the most important things.

"One of the things that's very important in our business is understanding that we're all part of a team and there's no person on the team that's any more important or less important than anyone else,” Nichols said. “So by getting out to meet people I can demonstrate my commitment to the organization."

Nichols says one thing he hopes to accomplish as the new chief is developing a strategic plan that will help guide fire and rescue.