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James K. Callahan
Fire Rescue Headquarters
Title: Fire Chief
Phone: (305) 289-6088
James K. 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 a period of 2 years. Prior to Monroe County, Callahan served a total of 16 years as the Fire Chief of the City of St. Petersburg and the County of Hillsborough, both in the Tampa Bay Region. He has over 40 years of professional firefighting experience in career and combination fire departments, serving in the ranks of firefighter, lieutenant, captain, training officer, battalion chief, fire marshal, operations chief, emergency manager and fire chief. Chief Callahan is accredited as a Chief Fire Officer, a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration. 

Chief Callahan is committed to the continuous improvement of Emergency Services for the communities of the beautiful Florida Keys.

Chief Callahan