WORCESTER – On Friday, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. named District Chief Andrew White as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Worcester Fire Department.

White, 57, is a 34-year veteran and currently serves in the role of District Chief of Training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fitchburg State College and is a certified member of the Massachusetts Fire Academy.

“Throughout his career, District Chief White has been instrumental in initiating transformative programs to raise professional standards department wide,” Augustus said. “He is a proven, natural leader. I appreciate his continuing dedication to lead the men and women of the Worcester Fire Department and to serve the residents of this community.”

White was responsible for organizing the Special Operations Task Force and designing and implement training and equipment standards. He is the co-founder of the Worcester Firefighters Safety and Survival Seminar and conducted seminars for 10 years following the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire. The seminar provided state of the art safety training to firefighters from 39 states.

As a Lieutenant, District Chief White joined the Massachusetts Hazardous Material Team and in 2013 when promoted to Captain he was detailed to the Training Division and led the Candidate Investigations Unit. He served as Drill Master for the Academy in 2014. He was promoted to District Chief of Training in 2015.