Chief Bertral T. Washington has been named the Chief of the Pasadena Fire Department effective Monday, December 15, 2014. Chief Washington came from the Clark County Fire Department in Nevada, where he had been Fire Chief since 2010. Clark County serves diverse metropolitan and rural communities of approximately 900,000 residents in the unincorporated areas around Las Vegas. The jurisdiction includes the Las Vegas Strip, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and one of the nation’s busiest airports. Prior to serving as Clark County’s Fire Chief, he worked for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue promoting through the ranks as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Training Officer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief. Chief Washington was born and raised in southern California. He describes his new appointment as “a dream come true,” to return to family, the region he was raised, and the place he met his wife, Cheri who is also a local native. They are now the proud parents of a son and daughter. 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 Senior Executives in State and Local Government, as well as the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University. He has also served on myriad of community, business and professional organizations at local, state and federal levels. Chief Washington follows Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells, who joined the Pasadena Fire Department in 1979 and served in numerous positions during his 35-year career.Chief Washington may be reached at 626-744-4776.