Distinguished Women Awards

Deputy Chief Lisa Mayers is a 36+-year member of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Promoted to the deputy chief position in 2021, she oversees the department’s Health and Safety Division, Information Management Division including fire communications, and Fire Training Academy. 

During her career, she has served as a firefighter/EMT, fire apparatus driver/operator, shift lieutenant in the fire communications division, captain, battalion chief, division chief and deputy chief. Before her promotion to deputy chief, she was the division chief of the department’s Fire Training Academy for several years. The division chief of Training plays an important role in the department, as she oversaw the training for the department’s new hires and all training for approximately 1500 career and volunteer members.

Among her notable career accomplishments was her role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Mayers was the leader in planning, coordinating, and successfully executing vaccination clinics for County first responders, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) members, and the community mass vaccination clinic in Annapolis. Chief Mayers planned twelve vaccination clinics for first responders, resulting in 4,656 first and second doses being administered. She also coordinated nine clinics for AACPS, resulting in 13,393 first and second doses. Additionally, she served as the planning and site operations liaison for the County in planning the mass vaccination site in Annapolis. She worked with the site manager on scheduling, site layout, vaccine prep teams, and patient flow, as well as coordinating the participation of several state and local agencies.

Other long-term contributions credited to Chief Mayers include the development of the department’s Telestaff program, establishing the Recruit Rotation Program, and creating the Working Fire Dispatch (WFD) incident upgrade to enhance firefighter safety. 

Chief Mayers' contributions extend into the community as well. For the last 12 years, she has led the Department’s efforts in the Thanksgiving food basket campaign, a program she developed. Over the course of the years, the program has donated thousands of food baskets to local food pantries. Each basket is intended to feed four people, so it is no exaggeration to say that her leadership has positively impacted thousands of County residents over the years.

Chief Mayers continuously strives to improve herself. In 2017, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College. She then obtained her Master of Business Administration in Public Administration from Southern Columbia University in 2020. Presently, she is enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer program, the flagship program of the National Fire Academy. 

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