Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Jesse A. Wilson is a lifelong Philadelphia resident who has served at every uniformed – civil service rank of the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD).In 2013 he was appointed to the position of Executive Chief of Strategic Planning by Mayor Michael Nutter.
A highly experienced fire executive, Deputy Commissioner Wilson has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of fire service professionals to new levels of success in a variety of administrative and field operations environments.
As the head of Operations, the PFD Units under his command include two divisions and eleven battalions of fire suppression and risk reduction assets.
The Department’s Homeland Security Division which includes, Hazmat, Special Operations, and Marine Operations also fall under his command. Other divisions include the Fire Communications Center and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Operations.
An authority on Operational Planning, Deputy Commissioner Wilson has orchestrated and assumed Department Event Command of PFD asset deployments to the largest Independence Day event in the nation, WAWA Welcome America.
In the course of his career he has also commanded PFD Fire Suppression asset deployments to Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties.
Having served in several leadership roles over the years, he has directed personnel and operations at the PFD’s largest complex of facilities, vehicles, and equipment.
He developed and implemented a program to nationally certify 100% of PFD Officers.
Additionally, Deputy Commissioner Wilson obtained and leveraged millions in federal funding to conduct training and to acquire life safety equipment.He led the expansion of Community Risk Reduction training and national certification to probationary firefighters.
Deputy Commissioner Wilson is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer Program, as well as the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University and Clark-Atlanta Universities.
He holds certificates in Strategic and Performance Management from George Washington and Villanova Universities; and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration from Holy Family University. Currently, he serves as a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow. To date, he looks to complete his Masters in Homeland Security at St Joseph’s University.
In recent years, he has served on advisory boards for the fire science programs at the Philadelphia School District’s Randolph Skills Center and Community College of Philadelphia.