Wade Collins currently serves as the Special Operations Chief at the VA Department of Emergency Management. He is responsible for the management and coordination of the commonwealth’s state asset teams (Hazardous Materials, Incident Management, Search and Rescue, Technical Rescue, and the Radio Caches). He has 30 years emergency response and public service, including an enlistment in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his current assignment he served as the Technological Hazards Division Deputy Director. He served 10 years in the field as a Regional Hazardous Materials Officer following a successful career in the fire service. Collins currently serves on numerous committees at the state and national level, including the NFPA Hazardous Materials Technical Committee.