Fire Chiefs

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Fire Chief James Callahan

James Callahan has been Monroe County Fire Rescue's Fire Chief since January 2009. He began his career with MCFR as a Battalion Chief in January 2006 and served as interim fire chief for two years. Chief Callahan is committed to the continuous improvement of Emergency Services for the communities of the beautiful Florida Keys. 

Prior to Monroe County, Chief Callahan served for 16 years as the Fire Chief of the City of St. Petersburg and Hillsborough County, both in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. His professional experience in career and combination career/volunteer fire departments includes serving in the ranks of Battalion Chief, Captain, Emergency Manager, Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Firefighter, Lieutenant, Operations Chief, and Training Officer.

Chief Callahan is accredited as a Chief Fire Officer. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration. 

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Hudson

Deputy Chief Steven Hudson has been serving Monroe County Fire Rescue's residents since December 2012 as a Battalion Chief before being promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in June 2015. Deputy Chief Hudson is committed to the continuous improvement of Emergency Services for the communities of the beautiful Florida Keys. 

Prior to Monroe County, Deputy Chief Hudson served 28 years as a firefighter and paramedic in Oakland Park, Florida. His professional firefighting experience in career and combination fire departments also includes Driver Engineer, Lieutenant, Training Officer, Plans Reviewer, Battalion Chief, and Operations Chief. 

Deputy Chief Hudson is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has a Master’s degree of Science; Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership.

Battalion Chief of Administration 

  • Chief Mark Thompson

Battalion Chief of Training

  • Chief Charlie Mather

Battalion Chief of Airport Fire Rescue

  • Chief Alvin "Cab" Bentley

Battalion Chief of Operations

  • Chief Francisco Perez-Diaz
  • Chief David Sebben
  • Chief Ryan Johnson