Joanne Hayes-White was sworn in by Mayor Newsom as the 25th Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department on January 16, 2004. San Francisco is now the largest urban fire department in the world with a female chief. Chief Hayes-White oversees a department of approximately 1,500 members and an operating budget of $330 million.
Chief Hayes-White is very proud of the fact that she has, either as a Firefighter or Officer, worked at every one of San Francisco’s forty-two fire stations.
The Fire Department’s community involvement has noticeably increased during her tenure through the expansion of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) Program, creation of San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education (SFFISE), and the Asthma Outreach Programs.
Chief Hayes-White serves on the Boards of the American Red Cross – Bay Area Chapter, Mercy High School, San Francisco, St. Anne’s Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Project Glimmer.