Women in Fire Conference




Keynote
Monday, April 20, 2020
8:00 AM

Wolford

Trisha L. Wolford

Fire Chief
Anne Arundel County Fire Department

She started her fire service career with Anne Arundel County in 2006. She was a firefighter/paramedic until her assignment to the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2011. She spent seven months training at the Anne Arundel County Police Academy and was sworn in as a law enforcement officer in May 2012. She was then assigned to the Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit, where she promoted to lieutenant in 2014. With her law enforcement and paramedic background, Wolford was a part of the Anne Arundel County Tactical Medic program for four years, providing medical attention to the Anne Arundel County Police Quick Response Team.

In December 2015, Wolford accepted the position of deputy fire chief/fire marshal with the Bozeman (MT) Fire Department. In 2017, she joined the Spokane (WA) Fire Department as assistant chief.

Wolford received a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University and is completing her master’s degree in management and leadership from Western Governor’s University. She received her paramedic certification from Anne Arundel Community College in 2009 and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. She is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. She is a recent graduate of the IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute and has CFO and CFM designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Wolford is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Human Relations Committee, chair of the Professional Development Committee, and director-at-large of the EFO Section Committee.