Chief Bertral T. Washington was appointed Chief of the Pasadena Fire Department by City Manager Michael J. Beck on December 15, 2014.
Chief Washington was born and raised in southern California, where he met his wife Cheri. They are parents of a teenage son and daughter.
Since his appointment, the department joins only about 200 agencies internationally that are accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The department also improved its Public Protection Classification rating to Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1, from Class 3. Only 16 California departments are rated ISO Class 1 (2016), which can lower insurance premiums for their communities. Only 32 departments in the country are both accredited and ISO Class 1 (2016).
Prior to Pasadena, Chief Washington served as the Clark County Fire Department (NV) Chief from 2010-2014. Clark County serves approximately 900,000 residents in the unincorporated areas around Las Vegas, which include the Las Vegas Strip, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and one of the nation’s busiest airports. Prior to serving in Clark County, he worked for the city of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue promoting through the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Training Officer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief.
Chief Washington has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNLV, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Management from the College of Southern Nevada. He completed the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University. He has also served on local, state and federal boards, organizations and non-profits, including the American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley and the First Tee of Greater Pasadena.