Firemedic James Meegan of Seminole Fire Rescue now is a lieutenant.
SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole Fire Rescue has promoted Firemedic James Meegan to the rank of lieutenant.
Meegan began his fire service career in 1981 as a volunteer with the Seminole Volunteer Fire Department and was promoted in 1982 to career firefighter.
He has served as engine, squad and truck driver, paramedic, acting lieutenant and peer fitness coordinator, and is a certified fire officer. He was also honored in 1984 as the State of Florida EMT of the Year.
After 11 years, Meegan moved to Ohio, where his wife’s family is from. In Ohio, he joined the Mentor Fire Department as a firefighter paramedic. Over the next 18 years, he became an Ohio state-certified fire inspector, fire instructor, Hazmat technician, and participated on the technical rescue team, Hazardous Intervention Team, Northeast Ohio Urban Search and Rescue Team, and served as a paramedic instructor for the Fire Academy. Meegan served 12 years as a lieutenant, including five years as an acting battalion chief.
After 18 years in Ohio, Meegan and his family returned to the Seminole community.
In the short three years since his return, he has recertified as an engine driver and acting lieutenant, where he developed and implemented a new squad-training manual, and became part of the executive board for the Seminole Professional Firefighters Association.