Retiring from the CAL Fire in 2011, Jim brings over 30 years of experience in fire service and interagency operations, to include working extensively within the Incident Command System (ICS). A seasoned responder and instructor, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the EMSI cadre.
A career veteran of incident management, his last assignment was as Chief of Intelligence at the Southern Operations Center in Riverside where he helped in the coordination of fire resources used throughout southern California. In this capacity, Jim continued to develop critical interagency alliances that enabled responding agencies to integrate and develop synergy. Bringing his experiences from over 10 years on California Incident Management Team #10, he is intimately familiar with the Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS) and the use of interagency cooperative agreements. An assignment as a Fire Marshal for a municipal fire agency further enhances Jim’s expertise in local emergency response operations.
Indicative of his knowledge and expertise, Jim’s background is highly diverse, including time spent as a firefighter paramedic, wildland firefighter, hand crew supervisor, truck company captain, training officer, and fire marshal. As a member of California Incident Command Team #10 for many years, he responded to a myriad of incidents as a Situation Unit Leader and Planning Section Chief, to include major fires, earthquakes, avian disease outbreaks, and Hurricane Katrina. Among Jim’s other duties, he represented CAL FIRE to FIRESCOPE, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), and to the Incident Management Working Group of NIMS.
Jim has instructed numerous incident command and related courses throughout his career, bringing crucial leadership and organizational experience to each class he teaches. Since joining EMSI, he has taught courses for government agencies, including local, county, state, and federal, as well as private companies and branches of the military.
Jim holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Technology from Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Additionally, he has served on several Type 1 and 2 IMTs and holds a Type 1 Operations Section Chief, Type 1 Planning Section Chief, Type 1 Safety Officer, and Type 1 Public Information Officer certifications.