Director, Eastern Division

James “Jim” Yates, EFO, CFO
Chief of Training & Firefighter Health
Lawrence Road Fire Company (NJ)

James Following his retirement from West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services as Chief after 35 years of service, Jim returned to his volunteer fire company that he joined in 1970 and continues to serve the community he grew up in, training volunteer members and advocating for firefighter health especially, cancer awareness.

Chief Yates is active in several fire service organizations, including: International Association of Fire Chiefs since 1986, New Jersey Career Fire Chiefs Association, New Jersey Fire Chiefs Association, New Jersey State Fireman’s Association - Life Member, Mercer County Fire Prevention Association, Lawrence Road Volunteer Fire Company - Life Member, Lawrence Township Firemen’s Relief Association – Secretary.

Jim has served in many capacities in his career, including: Section Chief – Mercer County Regional HazMat Team, Mercer County Deputy Fire Coordinator, President Eastern Division IAFC 2018-2019, Mercer County Fire Prevention Association – Charter Member, Assistant Professor - Fire Science Programs, Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ.

Prior to selection as an International Director, Chief Yates served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, Global Public Safety Solutions (GPSS),

Jim has an Associate Degree in Fire Science, is a graduate of National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program and is a Chief Fire Officer Designee (CFO), Commission on Professional Credentialing. Jim lives with his wife Ann in Yardley, PA.

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