|Assistant Fire Chief Steve "Country" White|
He started his fire service career as a member of the College Park Volunteer Fire Department in June of 1990 and remained a volunteer for five years until he was hired by the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department in June of 1995. He was a part of Career Recruit School #27. In September 2012, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.
During his 17-year career he worked mostly at Fire/EMS Stations in the Southern portions of the County including serving as Captain at Oxon Hill #821 and Battalion Chief at the 7th, 3rd, 5th and 4th Battalions. He was assigned to work at Hazardous Materials Station #53 during the height of the Anthrax Scare and was part of the staff at the Fire/EMS Training Academy during instruction of a recruit school. As a Duty Chief, Steve is responsible for the overall supervision of all Department activities for a 24-hour time period.
|Steve White (with helmet) discusses a challenging rescue |
on Van Dusen Road in laurel.
|Steve is an avid hunter and coordinates the Southern MD|
Chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.
In addition to the busy schedule as a Technical Services Commander, Steve still finds time to coach T-ball, flag football and basketball. He stated, “I also enjoy fishing and anything outdoors. Mostly, I enjoy spending time with my family.” Steve is married and has two “great” boys; Colby, 8 and Trent, 6. He introduced his spouse as his “Wonderful Wife Sayshan.” Sayshan Conver-White is also a Battalion Chief with the Fire/EMS Department and coordinates the activities of the Safety Office. Steve and Sayshan are both very active in their church, Crossroads Apostolic Church in White Plains, and currently coordinate the children’s Ministry.
The nickname, “Country,” Steve said, “The name Country came when I moved in to the College Park Station 812. There was another member named Steve Wright and that’s how they decided to tell us apart on the intercom. It stuck in fact it has stuck so well that my friends from high school now call me Country.”
As far as his goals and aspirations with the Fire/EMS Department, Steve said, “To develop personnel that I come into contact with to become the leaders of the future.” His personal goals include, “To introduce the wonderful outdoors to those who might not have the opportunity to see what God has created. To work with kids who don’t have many of the opportunities to get out and enjoy nature the way that I have so fortunately been able to,” said Steve “Country” White.
Steve, Sayshan, Colby and Trent reside in LaPlata, Maryland.
If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Southern Maryland Chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, please contact them by way of email at Southernmdfhfh@yahoo.com.
|Steve White (white shirt wearing glasses) was part of a group of Firefighter/Medics that were |
able to greet a man they rescued from a mulch machine months earlier.
Edited by Paula Black, Administrative Aide, Office of the Fire Chief