James Cullinan III, EFO, CFO, NREMT-P

Spotsylvania County Fire Department

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Spotsylvania County Fire Department


Chief Cullinan began his fire service career at the age of 16 in 1992, serving as a volunteer in Goochland County.  Hired as a firefighter by Spotsylvania County in 1996, he has progressed through the ranks and was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in April of this year.  Chief Cullinan is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, and has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing.  He has earned an associate’s degree in Fire Science through J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science through University of Maryland University College, and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University.  Chief Cullinan is also currently serving as the president of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, an organization that seeks to advance Virginia’s Fire and Rescue service through leadership, education, advocacy, and development.