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Key Staff - Chief James Meklemburg Jr.

James Meklemburg Jr. - Fire Chief

I grew up in a firehouse. My father retired as a Captain from the Valley View Fire Department, and my brother Sean is a Lieutenant for Valley View. I have been a professional firefighter for the past 18 years with both the Valley View Fire Department, and the Brooklyn Heights Fire Department where I serve as a Lieutenant. For the past 16 years I have also been a certified Paramedic. My other certifications include Fire Safety Inspector, BLS Instructor, Fire Instructor, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Team Leader for the SERT HazMat Team, Fire and Life Safety Educator, Fire Officer III, and I am fully certified in the National Incident Management System. I have also completed my Associate Degree in EMS Management.

I have been married to my wife Kelly for the past 11 years. We have two children. Our daughter Sophia is 10 years old, she is intelligent, athletic, and the most caring kid I have ever met. Our son Jimmy is 9 years old, he is funny, smart, athletic, and his father’s partner in crime. Much of my free time is spent coaching their various teams and taking them to Cedar Point as often as possible. We love the outdoors and look forward to our annual vacation to Canada every summer. If I am not coaching, then I can probably be found running on the towpath or working out at the gym.

I am humbled, excited, and motivated to serve the residents of Seven Hills and to lead their fire department into the future.