Bertral T. Washington was appointed Fire Chief on November 3, 2010. He is the ninth Fire Chief in the 60-year history of the Clark County Fire Department.
Chief Washington has served as a leader in executing the administration and planning of comprehensive fire protection, public education, emergency management and mitigation of all risk and hazards for more than 19 years. He currently manages Nevada’s largest fire department with 42 fire stations, 712 personnel and more than 200 volunteer firefighters.
The Clark County Fire Department protects a total service area of 7,910 miles, including, the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport, University of Nevada Las Vegas and the resort towns of Laughlin, Primm and Jean. Not only is the Department well equipped, trained and prepared as ever before in its history, it also has achieved unprecedented success with the fastest response time on record during the Chief’s tenure.
Prior to his appointment, Chief Washington spent 16 years with the City of Las Vegas Department of Fire and Rescue; and served as an Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, Acting Engineer, Firefighter/Paramedic and Firefighter.
Chief Washington’s priorities are to partner with other public safety agencies and community stakeholders to protect the County’s residents and visitors; and provide outstanding fire and all-hazards services to reduce risks in the community with professionalism, accountability, innovation, compassion and integrity.
Chief Washington earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Management from the College of Southern Nevada.
More recently, Chief Washington was honored as a recipient of the 2012 Harvard Fire Executive Fellowship; a distinguished forum that represents the leadership of senior executives in government worldwide. The Chief is also a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute.
In addition to his service as an appointed official, Chief Washington is an active participant in professional organizations, including: the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security (Commissioner), the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center Board of Governors (Vice Chair), Nevada Fire Chiefs Association, Inc., the International Association of Fire Chiefs Communications Committee (Secretary), National Fire Protection Association, Black Chief Officers Committee, and the College of Southern Nevada Fire Science Advisory Board.
The Chief has been a resident of Las Vegas for over 23 years. He and his wife Cheri, have two children, Chandler and Blaire.