Jim attended the University of Idaho where he earned degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. He earned his Master’s degree in Applied Technologies from the University of Alaska – Southeast. He retired from teaching after 21 years before joining the fire service as the Fire Prevention Specialist and Information Officer with Kootenai County Fire & Rescue (KCFR), located in Post Falls, Idaho. He soon earned his Firefighter I certification and after working for almost eight years with KCFR, accepted a job as Fire Inspector and Information Officer with Northern Lakes Fire Protection District in Hayden, Idaho. He recently was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Marshal.
Along with his work in the prevention bureau, Jim is active in fire and injury prevention and participates in programs that reach over 6,000 children and adults each year. Jim has worked several years as a counselor at a week-long camp for burn survivors, working with children from five states (Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana). Classes which Jim has taught for the State of Idaho include: Mastery Teaching: Teaching in the Fire Service; G290 Beginning Public Information Officer and G291 JIS/JIC Planning for Tribal, State and Local PIOs