Assistant Chief Wade White has been a member of the Los Angeles City Fire Department for 35 years and is the Assistant Bureau Commander assigned to Operations Central Bureau in downtown Los Angeles. He serves as the Incident Commander for greater alarm structure fires, large scale incidents, and events in a geographic area encompassing approximately 225 square miles. This geographic area includes downtown Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Before assuming his current operational assignment, Chief White was the Commander of the Supply and Maintenance Division for 10 years. The Supply and Maintenance Division provides the logistical support for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He was responsible for the engineering, purchase, and maintenance of over 1400 apparatus as well as the personal protective equipment (PPE) for 3350 firefighters. He managed an annual “general fund” budget of over 15 million dollars and an annual fleet replacement budget of over 27 million dollars.
Chief White is the Task Force Leader for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) / California Task Force 1 (CA-TF 1). CA-TF 1 is an 80 member Urban Search and Rescue team trained and equipped to deploy to large scale incidents anywhere in the United States via military airlift or by ground. He was deployed to several high profile and complex incidents including the 96/97 Sacramento Floods, 2001 World Trade Center Attack, Hurricane Katrina, La Conchita Mudslide, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and several local disasters.
Chief White is qualified in several Incident Command System (ICS) positions and has deployed locally and nationally to wildland incidents as part of the Command and General Staff. He also serves on the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Field Incident Management Team as the Incident Commander and is a Deputy Coordinator at the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He has been the Incident Commander on numerous major emergency and greater alarm structure fires, physical rescues, technical rescues, brush fires and multi casualty incidents in the City of Los Angeles.
Since 2012, Chief White has been an Adjunct Instructor and Exercise Controller for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in College Station, Texas. He presents Department of Homeland Security curriculum, and coaches executive level fire officers and executive level emergency managers in Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command.
Chief White has served as a member of the Executive Board of the California State Firefighter’s Association as well as the Chief Officer’s Association.