Jim has been a volunteer member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad since 1975 where he currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors, and as an Operations Master Firefighter. He also worked as a full-time, career firefighter and paramedic for 28 years for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), retiring with the rank of Battalion Chief in 2014. In his “retirement”, he has served as a contractor for the MCFRS as the Program Manager for Senior Outreach and Education.
In 2016 Jim received the John C. Spiker, Sr Life Safety Educator of the Year award at the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference. In this professional role, Jim has provided educational programs to more than 10,000 Montgomery County seniors on a variety of fire and injury-prevention topics. Also, Jim has completed more than 2,000 home safety and smoke alarms checks, and he has lead teams that have done thousands more.
Jim is a lifelong Montgomery County resident He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC – Go Retrievers!) Jim is a baseball fan with his allegiance split between the Orioles and the Nationals and he likes spending time with family and friends.