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Jim Walls

Kissimmee Fire Department

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Kissimmee Fire Department
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Bronze Most Valuable Member

Bio

Raised in Orlando. After high school,I served in the United States Air Force as a medic from 1981-1985. After leaving the Air Force I joined the Kissimmee Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT in 1987. I obtained my State of Florida paramedic in 1989 and began to work my way up the ranks. I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2000. During my time as a Lieutenant I was assigned to an engine and truck company and then helped the department establish its special operations and haz mat team and was assigned as the Lt on the heavy rescue truck. I was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in 2012 and oversaw A-shift where I was in charge of six Lieutenants, five engineers and nineteen firefighters!
In 2016, our former Fire Chief resigned and I was asked to be the Interim Fire Chief by the City Manager. I held the position of Interim Fire Chief for approx. three months when the City Manager made it official and appointed me as the Fire Chief. I have an A.A degree as well as an A.S. degree in Fire Administration from Valencia College and a B.S. degree in Fire Administration from Waldorf University.

I married my beautiful wife Brenda in 1988 and we currently reside in the City of Saint Cloud! We are active in their church. Along the way we have raised four great children who are all grown adults with children of their own. We are currently are the grandparents of four beautiful grandchildren with another one on the way. Our son is currently a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Orlando and our son-in-law is a firefighter/EMT with Seminole County Fire Rescue. Living in Central Florida, we enjoy the ‘Salt Life’ and like to spend time on both the Atlantic and Gulf side! I am an avid cyclist, having completed several ‘centuries’ (100 mile rides).
I serve as the Vice-President of the Central Florida Fire Chief’s Association and am a member of the Florida Fire Chief’s Association as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs.