Chief James Wascom
The Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4 Fire Chief is James Wascom. Chief Wascom is a native and lifelong resident of the parish. He has been a member of the fire service since 1985 and became LPFPD4 fire chief in 2001. Prior to this time Chief Wascom worked his way through the ranks, first serving as a cadet, then a firefighter, before being promoted to lieutenant and then captain. He is a graduate of Walker High School and has completed numerous training courses and holds multiple professional certifications from the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute.
Firefighting is a long-standing tradition for the Wascom family. Several members of the Chief’s immediate family dedicated their time and talents to District 4, including his father as a volunteer firefighter and his mother serving 38 years at LPFPD4.
Under Chief Wascom’s leadership, the department has expanded coverage by adding and staffing more fire stations, improved firefighting capabilities through the acquisition of modern equipment, and capitalized upon technological advancements in the industry.