For the Department of Public Safety.
Jim became interested in the medical field, while working at a local pharmacy in high school. He went on to join a Calvert County volunteer fire department and rescue squad and was a charter member of the Calvert Advanced Life Support unit where he provided advanced life support service for 20 years.
As Fire-Rescue-EMS Division Chief, Jim is the liaison between the independent volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical services departments and the Calvert County Government. He oversees coordination of numerous volunteer benefit, recruitment and retention programs and volunteer operational and capital projects. Jim represents Calvert County fire, rescue and EMS interests at the regional and state levels and coordinates the jurisdictional EMS operational program, including quality assurance and improvement activities. He also participates in the commercial site plan review process, ensuring adherence to local fire prevention code. Jim collects, processes and publishes fire, rescue and-EMS response statistics, which he uses to research additional options for enhanced performance monitoring.
“Fire, rescue and emergency medical services are often only viewed when responding to or working on an emergency incident, but the job is much more than red lights and sirens,” Jim said. “There are numerous individuals involved in the administrative services of the departments, working behind the scenes to ensure the operational staff have the facilities, apparatuses, tools and equipment to get the job done.”
Jim added, “an additional function, infrequently considered, is the numerous hours and certifications involved in trainings, drills and preparing for the variety of emergency incidents requiring our services.”
Jim graduated from Calvert High School in 1983. He also attended College of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland’s Fire and Rescue Institute.
Jim was born in Bladensburg and moved to Calvert County in 1977. In his free time, he enjoys collecting modern and antique firearms. Thank you for all that you do, Jim.