Deputy Fire Chief Anthony M. Whittle has served as a full-time member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 27 years. He is a second-generation firefighter who has been around the Department his whole life.
Chief Whittle pursued his interest in the fire service at an early age by becoming a LACoFD Fire Explorer in 1980, an emergency medical technician in 1984, a paramedic in 1985, and a paid call firefighter for the city of Manhattan Beach in 1986. He began his full-time career with LACoFD in 1988 as a proud member of Recruit Class 78.
During his tenure, Chief Whittle has held the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, inspector, captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, and is currently the deputy fire chief of the Central Regional Operations Bureau, which includes leadership for the Department’s Lifeguard Division. He has served as a chief officer for over 9 years in a variety of field and administrative commands. As a battalion chief, he served in Battalion 7, Battalion 13, and was the director of emergency medical services (EMS). As an assistant fire chief, Chief Whittle commanded the Technical Services Division (EMS, Training, Homeland Security, Technical Operations and Grants), and Division 7, which includes service to the Santa Monica Mountains, a major theme park (Universal Studios), and the Department’s fire boat operations.
Chief Whittle has a diverse background in hazardous materials, refinery firefighting, marine operations, urban search and rescue, EMS, training, and wildland firefighting. Additionally, he is currently the Department’s FIRESCOPE Task Force member.
Chief Whittle is a California State Certified Chief Officer. He has completed the County of Los Angeles Executive Leadership Development Program from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, is currently completing his bachelor of science degree in Fire and Emergency Management, has earned an associate of science degree in Fire Technology, and holds several vocational certifications and qualifications.
Chief Whittle and his wife Teri, a registered dental hygienist, have two children and are longtime residents of the South Bay.